dryadic /druy ad"ik/, adj.
/druy"euhd, -ad/, n., pl. dryads, dryades /-euh deez'/. (often cap.) Class. Myth.
a deity or nymph of the woods. Cf. hamadryad.
[1545-55; extracted from Gk Dryádes, pl. of DRYÁS, deriv. of dry(s) tree, oak]

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In Greek mythology, tree nymphs.

Dryads were originally the spirits of oak trees (drys: "oak"), but the name was later applied to all tree nymphs. They were nature spirits who took the form of beautiful young women, and it was believed that they lived only as long as the trees they inhabited.

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