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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.
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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]
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dry•ad(ˈdraɪ əd, -æd)
n., pl. -ads, -a•des (-əˌdiz)
a nymph of the woods.
[1545–55; < Greek Dryádes, pl. of Dryás, derivative of drŷ(s) tree, oak]
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a wood nymph.See also: Mythology
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|Noun||1.||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
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