American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Greek Mythology A divinity presiding over forests and trees; a wood nymph.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In mythology, a deity or nymph of the woods; a nymph supposed to reside in trees or preside over woods. See hamadryad.
- n. In zoology, a kind of dormouse, Myoxus dryas.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Class. Myth.) A wood nymph; a nymph whose life was bound up with that of her tree.
- n. a deity or nymph of the woods
- From Proto-Indo-European *derew(o)- (“tree, or, wood”). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English Driad, from Latin Dryas, Dryad-, from Greek Druas, from drūs, tree; see deru- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“A fat middle-aged dryad is a dreadful sight, I always think.”
“But she was sure that the dryad was the key to passage, and that there was some kind of price that would persuade her.”
“Yes, better than a fairy, a dryad, that is a fairy of the tree.”
“Across the gallery and down the stair -- it might have been the Golden Stair linking Near with Far -- came a score of exquisite women in all the glory of their youth, of perfect physical beauty and splendid strength and fullness of life; and the wonder was not their beauty more than a kind of dryad delicacy of that beauty, which was yet not frailty but a look of angelic strength.”
“She alone of the five would have known what "dryad" means.”
“As a druid/dryad it could be a nice and logical extention of your skills. gr,”
“Vuurdoorn is a druid/dryad and a ritualist with a fascination for silly humans without really caring for their well-being.”
“The Spartan/dryad mix for your current WIP looks spectacular too.”
“You know that dryad/mermaid of mine everyone loves? freyapax finished the shawl based on her.”
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