Definition of dryad in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈdrʌɪəd
, -ad/


  • 1(In folklore and Greek mythology) a nymph inhabiting a tree or wood.
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    • From the start, I have recognized the dryads and spirits in the many trees I regularly pass and interact with.
    • They enter a beautiful meadow, whereupon Don Quijote practices the part of a lunatic - loudly telling the gods, nymphs and dryads of the meadow of his scorned love for Dulcinea.
    • The dryads, the flower faeries and the nymphs dwelled in various trees and plants around the forest.
  • 2A dark brown Eurasian butterfly with two prominent bluish eyespots on each forewing.
    • Minois dryas, subfamily Satyrinae, family Nymphalidae


via Old French and Latin from Greek druas, druad- 'tree nymph', from drus 'tree'.

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