from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Greek Mythology A divinity presiding over forests and trees; a wood nymph.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. In Greek myth, a female tree spirit.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A wood nymph; a nymph whose life was bound up with that of her tree.
from The 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a deity or nymph of the woods
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)
From Proto-Indo-European *derew(o)- (“tree, or, wood”). (Wiktionary)