One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(in folklore and Greek mythology) a nymph inhabiting a forest or a tree, especially an oak tree.
- ‘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.’
- ‘The dryads, the flower faeries and the nymphs dwelled in various trees and plants around the forest.’
- ‘It turned out to be a dryad of some sort, looking exactly the way storybook fairies were portrayed.’
- ‘They were once the ancient guardians of the forests, along with dryads and sprites.’
- ‘He will reawaken the dryads, who will become predatory while their wardens sleep.’
- ‘He slapped away a few dryads, but they still surrounded him.’
- ‘The dryads are passionate creatures, easily incited to anger about such things.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘From the start, I have recognized the dryads and spirits in the many trees I regularly pass and interact with.’
Via Old French and Latin from Greek druas, druad- ‘tree nymph’, from drus ‘tree’.
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