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A Grammatical Dictionary of Botanical Latin

 
Dryas,-adis (s.f.III), abl. sg. dryade, nom. & acc. pl. dryades, gen.pl. dryadum: from the Greek mythos, the dryads or wood-nymphs; see fairy [> Gk. drys, (s.f.II), gen. sg. dryos: the oak, sacred to Zeus; any timber tree]. For the genus Dryas, see dry-, dryo-.

The Drysidae,-arum (pl.f.I) are the Druids.

Hamadryas,-adis (s.f.III), abl. sg. hamadryade: hamadryad, a wood nymph: > Gk. (h)ama adv. together, both, at one and the same time + drys, tree, often the Oak: “Nymphs whose life depended on that of trees to which they were attached” (Liddell & Scott).

Primula dryadifolia, a primrose; Polyporus dryadeus, a fungus, ‘like a dryad,’ perhaps because of its association with only one tree species.

 

A work in progress, presently with preliminary A through R, and S, and with S (in part) through Z essentially completed.
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