A dryad is a tree nymph, that is a female spirit of a tree, in Greek mythology. In Greek drys signifies "oak". Thus dryads are specifically the nymphs of oak trees, though the term has come to be used for all tree nymphs in general. They were normally considered to be very shy creatures, except around the goddess Artemis, who was known to be a friend to most nymphs.

A dryad is a tree nymph, that is a female spirit of a tree, in Greek mythology. In Greek drys signifies "oak". Thus dryads are specifically the nymphs of oak trees, though the term has come to be used for all tree nymphs in general. They were normally considered to be very shy creatures, except around the goddess Artemis, who was known to be a friend to most nymphs.

“31 DAYS OF MYTHOLOGICAL CREATURES // ↳ 21. Nymphs““Sweet Echo, sweetest nymph that liv'st unseen Within thy airy shell By slow Meander’s margent green, And in the violet-imbroider’d vale Where the love-lorn nightingale Nightly to thee her sad song...

“31 DAYS OF MYTHOLOGICAL CREATURES // ↳ 21. Nymphs““Sweet Echo, sweetest nymph that liv'st unseen Within thy airy shell By slow Meander’s margent green, And in the violet-imbroider’d vale Where the love-lorn nightingale Nightly to thee her sad song...

John William Waterhouse (1849-1917) English Pre-Raphaelite painter.  Oil on canvas Plymouth Art Gallery, England: artuk.org/discover/artworks/hamadryad-148214/view_as/grid...  Hamadryads are tree nymphs of Greek mythology

John William Waterhouse (1849-1917) English Pre-Raphaelite painter. Oil on canvas Plymouth Art Gallery, England: artuk.org/discover/artworks/hamadryad-148214/view_as/grid... Hamadryads are tree nymphs of Greek mythology

Glowing underwater spirit, undine, mermaid, selkie, nymph. So beautiful.  April by raqmo

Glowing underwater spirit, undine, mermaid, selkie, nymph. So beautiful. April by raqmo

water nymph with flowers in long hair and braids, pink and blue, mountains, lake

water nymph with flowers in long hair and braids, pink and blue, mountains, lake

John William Waterhouse, Hylas and the Nymphs (détail)  Waterhouse paintings are so beautiful

John William Waterhouse, Hylas and the Nymphs (détail) Waterhouse paintings are so beautiful

≍ Nature's Fairy Nymphs ≍ magical elves, sprites, pixies and winged woodland faeries - Garden Fae by ~ melukilan on deviantART

THE FANTASTICAL REALM - FAIRIES / FAERIES / FAYS

≍ Nature's Fairy Nymphs ≍ magical elves, sprites, pixies and winged woodland faeries - Garden Fae by ~ melukilan on deviantART

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