One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1(in folklore and Greek mythology) a nymph inhabiting a tree or wood.
- ‘They enter a beautiful meadow, whereupon Don Quijote practices the part of a lunatic - loudly telling the gods, nymphs and dryads of the meadow of his scorned love for Dulcinea.’
- ‘He will reawaken the dryads, who will become predatory while their wardens sleep.’
- ‘I suppose he was telling the truth when he said that he was attacked by dryads and was forced to abandon his friend,’ Kiya said thoughtfully.’
- ‘They were once the ancient guardians of the forests, along with dryads and sprites.’
- ‘He slapped away a few dryads, but they still surrounded him.’
- ‘The dryads, the flower faeries and the nymphs dwelled in various trees and plants around the forest.’
- ‘From the start, I have recognized the dryads and spirits in the many trees I regularly pass and interact with.’
- ‘It turned out to be a dryad of some sort, looking exactly the way storybook fairies were portrayed.’
- ‘The dryads are passionate creatures, easily incited to anger about such things.’
2A dark brown Eurasian butterfly with two prominent bluish eyespots on each forewing.
Via Old French and Latin from Greek druas, druad- ‘tree nymph’, from drus ‘tree’.
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