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dryad

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noun dry·ad \ˈdrī-əd, -ˌad\

Definition of dryad



Examples of dryad in a sentence

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



Did You Know?

The term dryad comes from the Greek word for "oak tree". As the Greeks saw it, every tree (not only oaks) had a spirit. The best known of the dryads was Daphne. The beautiful daughter of a river god, she was desired by the god Apollo; as he was about to capture her, she prayed to her father to save her, and he transformed her into a laurel tree. In her honor, Apollo commanded that the poet who won the highest prize every year be crowned with a laurel wreath. The Greeks' respect for trees unfortunately failed to keep Greece's forests from shrinking greatly over the centuries, and those that remain produce little wood of good quality.

Origin and Etymology of dryad

Latin dryad-, dryas, from Greek, from drys tree — more at tree


First Known Use: 14th century


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