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dry·ad

 (drī′əd, -ăd′)
n. Greek Mythology
A divinity presiding over forests and trees; a wood nymph.

[Middle English Driad, from Latin Dryas, Dryad-, from Greek Druas, from drūs, tree; see deru- in Indo-European roots.]

dry·ad′ic (-ăd′ĭk) adj.

dryad

(ˈdraɪəd; -æd)
n, pl -ads or -ades (-əˌdiːz)
(Classical Myth & Legend) Greek myth a nymph or divinity of the woods
[C14: from Latin Dryas, from Greek Druas, from drus tree]
dryadic adj

dry•ad

(ˈdraɪ əd, -æd)

n., pl. -ads, -a•des (-əˌdiz)
(often cap.)
a nymph of the woods.
[1545–55; < Greek Dryádes, pl. of Dryás, derivative of drŷ(s) tree, oak]
dry•ad′ic, adj.

dryad

a wood nymph.
See also: Mythology
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.dryad - a deity or nymph of the woods
nymph - (classical mythology) a minor nature goddess usually depicted as a beautiful maiden; "the ancient Greeks believed that nymphs inhabited forests and bodies of water"
hamadryad - the nymph or spirit of a particular tree
Translations

dryad

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Why, it's a time and place when and where everything might come true--when the men in green might creep out to join hands and dance around the fire, or dryads steal from their trees to warm their white limbs, grown chilly in October frosts, by the blaze.
But the drivers, through miles of dark squalid road, poured out their souls to the dryads and the saints, and Lucy poured out hers to her cousin.
8) Nymphs of the ash-trees, as Dryads are nymphs of the oak- trees.
He stared; and little by little he made out the great apartment, with a domed ceiling from which the light poured, and walls that were one enormous painting--nymphs and dryads dancing in a flower-strewn glade--Diana with her hounds and horses, dashing headlong through a mountain streamlet--a group of maidens bathing in a forest pool--all life-size, and so real that Jurgis thought that it was some work of enchantment, that he was in a dream palace.
Oh, ye wood nymphs and dryads, that dwell in the thickets of the forest, so may the nimble wanton satyrs by whom ye are vainly wooed never disturb your sweet repose, help me to lament my hard fate or at least weary not at listening to it
the tree at whose foot I lay had opened its rocky side, and in the cleft, like a long lily-bud sliding from its green sheath, stood a dryad, and my speech failed and my breath went as I looked upon her beauty, for which mortality has no simile.
With these she decorated her hair and her young waist, and became a nymph child, or an infant dryad, or whatever else was in closest sympathy with the antique wood.
Thus saying, from her Husbands hand her hand Soft she withdrew, and like a Wood-Nymph light OREAD or DRYAD, or of DELIA's Traine, Betook her to the Groves, but DELIA's self In gate surpass'd and Goddess-like deport, Though not as shee with Bow and Quiver armd, But with such Gardning Tools as Are yet rude, Guiltless of fire had formd, or Angels brought, To PALES, or POMONA, thus adornd, Likest she seemd, POMONA when she fled VERTUMNUS, or to CERES in her Prime, Yet Virgin of PROSERPINA from JOVE.
I have produced 'Warrior Women', Fauns, Dryads and Dancers of the forest to celebrate my home and the land I feel I belong to.
It's thought to originate in ancient Greek mythology, where trees were believed to be the home of dryads - beautiful and friendly nymphs who kept evil away.
As the Queen of the Woods (sung by Alexandra Deshorties) and her Dryads kill and gather the dead, the staging becomes increasingly surreal.
Just as the work transfigures with The Queen of the Woods (also sung by Alexandra Deshorties) and her Dryads killing and gathering the dead, the staging becomes increasingly surreal.