Dryas

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Dryas mountain avens
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Dryas (Class. Myth) A dryad.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n dryas A small genus of rosaceous plants, found in alpine and arctic regions of the northern hemisphere. They are small prostrate shrubs with large white or yellow flowers, followed by a number of long feather-awned achenes. The mountain avens, D. octopetala, is amphigean, and from it the arctic D. integrifolia is hardly distinct. The only other species, D. Drummondii, is peculiar to the Rocky Mountains of British America.
    • n dryas In entomology: A genus of butterflies, of which D. paphia is the type and sole species.
    • n dryas Another genus of butterflies. Also called Aculhva.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. See Dryad

Usage

In literature:

Dryas octopela (near Havenfiord).
"Visit to Iceland and the Scandinavian North" by Ida Pfeiffer
For neither did Lycurgus, the valiant son of Dryas (as Homer calls him) ("Iliad," vi.
"Essays and Miscellanies" by Plutarch
Dryas octopetala L. Sieversia glacialis B. BR.
"The Voyage of the Vega round Asia and Europe, Volume I and Volume II" by A.E. Nordenskieold
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In news:

12,900 years ago, cosmic bombardment by fragments of an asteroid or comet may have caused Earth to enter an unusually cold 1,300-year spell, the Younger Dryas.
Dark layer, the "black mat," comprises carbon-rich sediments at the bottom of Younger Dryas deposits.
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