Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A divinity presiding over forests and trees; a wood nymph.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In mythology, a deity or nymph of the woods; a nymph supposed to reside in trees or preside over woods. See hamadryad.
  • noun In zoology, a kind of dormouse, Myoxus dryas.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Class. Myth.) A wood nymph; a nymph whose life was bound up with that of her tree.

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  • noun Greek mythology In Greek myth, a female tree spirit.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a deity or nymph of the woods

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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

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From Proto-Indo-European *derew(o)- (“tree, or, wood”).

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  • I must watch sluttish dryads twitch

    Their multifarious silks in the holy grove

    from "On the Plethora of Dryads," Sylvia Plath

    March 26, 2008