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[drahy-uh d, -ad] /ˈdraɪ əd, -æd/
noun, plural dryads, dryades
[drahy-uh-deez] /ˈdraɪ əˌdiz/ (Show IPA).
(often initial capital letter) Classical Mythology
a deity or nymph of the woods.
Compare hamadryad.
Origin of dryad
1545-55; extracted from Greek Dryádes, plural of Dryás, derivative of drŷ(s) tree, oak
Related forms
[drahy-ad-ik] /draɪˈæd ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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  • There is also a sculpture of a dryad and boar in the high street.
British Dictionary definitions for dryad


/ˈdraɪəd; -æd/
noun (pl) -ads, -ades (-əˌdiːz)
(Greek myth) a nymph or divinity of the woods
Derived Forms
dryadic (draɪˈædɪk) adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Latin Dryas, from Greek Druas, from drus tree
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Word Origin and History for dryad

1550s, from Latin dryas, from Greek dryas (plural dryades) "wood nymph," from drus (genitive dryos) "oak," from PIE *deru- "tree, wood, oak" (see tree (n.)).

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