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...

“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...

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

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

Greek Myths - Gaia Hera/ Persephone/ Athena/ Artemis/ Aphrodite/ Hestia/ Demeter/ Hecate/ Selene/ Eos/ Asteria Gods Series

Greek Myths - Gaia Hera/ Persephone/ Athena/ Artemis/ Aphrodite/ Hestia/ Demeter/ Hecate/ Selene/ Eos/ Asteria Gods Series

love the colors and how the flowers are worked in, but Oda would have more forest elements so as not to be straight up nymph or fairie

love the colors and how the flowers are worked in, but Oda would have more forest elements so as not to be straight up nymph or fairie

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

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

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