noun, plural dry·ads, dry·a·des [drahyuh-deez] /ˈdraɪ əˌdiz/. (often initial capital letter) Classical Mythology.

  1. a deity or nymph of the woods.

noun plural -ads or -ades (-əˌdiːz)

  1. Greek myth a nymph or divinity of the woods

1550s, from Latin dryas, from Greek dryas (plural dryades) “wood nymph,” from drus (genitive dryos) “oak,” from PIE *deru- “tree, wood, oak” (see tree (n.)).

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