noun \ˈdrī-əd, -ˌad\

Definition of DRYAD

Examples of DRYAD

  1. <dryads were said to live within trees, their lives ending when the life of the tree ended>

Origin of DRYAD

Latin dryad-, dryas, from Greek, from drys tree — more at tree
First Known Use: 14th century


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

In Greek mythology, tree nymphs. Dryads were originally the spirits of oak trees (drys: “oak”), but the name was later applied to all tree nymphs. They were nature spirits who took the form of beautiful young women, and it was believed that they lived only as long as the trees they inhabited.

Variants of DRYAD

dryad or hamadryad


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