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  • noun A small genus of rosaceous plants, found in alpine and arctic regions of the northern hemisphere.
  • noun In entomology: A genus of butterflies, of which D. paphia is the type and sole species.
  • noun Another genus of butterflies. Also called Aculhva.

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  • noun (Class. Myth.) A dryad.

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  • noun Any of several plants of the genus Dryas; the mountain avens

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  • noun mountain avens


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  • My stomach turned as we began to dropand I rushed to belt in and sit straight, dryas twine, and just as taut.

    Two Anniversary Sonnets 2009

  • Arctic-alpine tundra vegetation covers much of the terrain, typical species including dryas tundra Dryas octopetala, and dwarf alpine poppy Papaver pygmaeum (V).

    Waterton Lakes National Park, Canada 2008

  • According to Linares, four endemic mammals are present in the Venezuelan Andean montane forests ecoregion: a marsupial (Gracilinanus dryas), a bat (Anoura luismanueli), a rat (Thomasomys vestitus), and a poorly known fish eating rat, (Neusticomys mussoi).

    Venezuelan Andes montane forests 2008

  • Among the mammals, there is only one known strictly endemic species, the Salonga monkey (Cercopithecus dryas).

    Central Congolian lowland forests 2007

  • Cercopithecus dryas, Schwartz 1932 and C. salongo, Thys Van Den Audenaurde 1997, are the same species with an age-related coat pattern.

    Eastern Congolian swamp forests 2007

  • There are other northern plants of this first and oldest British type, like the Ural oxytrope, the cloudberry, and the white dryas, which remain as yet even in the moors of Yorkshire, or over considerable tracts in the Scotch Highlands; there are others restricted to a single spot among the Welsh hills, an isolated skerry among the outer Hebrides, or a solitary summit in the Lake District.

    Falling in Love With Other Essays on More Exact Branches of Science Grant Allen 1873

  • Persia ': _Myoxus pictus_ -- new species, I think; I regret I have not the book by me at present -- also _Myoxus dryas_, of which I find a pencil note in my papers.

    Natural History of the Mammalia of India and Ceylon Robert Armitage Sterndale 1870

  • DRYAS or DRYAD, a wood-nymph, whose life was bound up with that of her tree (Greek, [Greek: dryas, dryados].) "The quickening power of the soul," like Martha, "is busy about many things," or like "a Dryas living in a tree."

    Character Sketches of Romance, Fiction and the Drama, Vol. 1 A Revised American Edition of the Reader's Handbook Ebenezer Cobham Brewer 1853

  • Silt load a food thick, swamps the dryas flats, dropped by the creek that boots a shifty ditch through the water-moved plain, now woollen and doped.

    The Globe and Mail - Home RSS feed Melanie Siebert 2011

  • Grizzly prints are everywhere, as common as the yellow dryas and alder that rushed in to colonize the gravel left by receding glaciers.

    The Globe and Mail - Home RSS feed Bruce Kirkby 2011


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