Definitions for naiadˈneɪ æd, -əd, ˈnaɪ-; -əˌdiz

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

nai•adˈneɪ æd, -əd, ˈnaɪ-; -əˌdiz(n.)(pl.)-ads, -a•des

  1. (in Greek myth) any of a group of nymphs presiding over rivers and springs.

    Category: Mythology

  2. the aquatic nymph of certain insects, as the dragonfly or mayfly.

    Category: Entomology

  3. any of several aquatic plants of the genus Najas and family Najadaceae, having narrow opposite leaves and solitary flowers.

    Category: Plants

Origin of naiad:

1610–20; < L Nāïad- (s. of Nāïas) < Gk Nāïás a water nymph

Princeton's WordNet

  1. naiad, water nymph(noun)

    submerged aquatic plant having narrow leaves and small flowers; of fresh or brackish water

  2. naiad(noun)

    (Greek mythology) a nymph of lakes and springs and rivers and fountains

Wiktionary

  1. naiad(Noun)

    A female deity (nymph) associated with water, especially a spring, stream, or other fresh water.

  2. naiad(Noun)

    The aquatic larva (nymph) of a dragonfly or damselfly.

  3. Origin: naias, from Ναϊάς, from νάειν.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Naiad(noun)

    a water nymph; one of the lower female divinities, fabled to preside over some body of fresh water, as a lake, river, brook, or fountain

  2. Naiad(noun)

    any species of a tribe (Naiades) of freshwater bivalves, including Unio, Anodonta, and numerous allied genera; a river mussel

  3. Naiad(noun)

    one of a group of butterflies. See Nymph

  4. Naiad(noun)

    any plant of the order Naiadaceae, such as eelgrass, pondweed, etc

Freebase

  1. Naiad

    In Greek mythology, the Naiads were a type of nymph who presided over fountains, wells, springs, streams, brooks and other bodies of freshwater. They are distinct from river gods, who embodied rivers, and the very ancient spirits that inhabited the still waters of marshes, ponds and lagoon-lakes, such as pre-Mycenaean Lerna in the Argolid. Naiads were associated with fresh water, as the Oceanids were with saltwater and the Nereids specifically with the Mediterranean, but because the Greeks thought of the world's waters as all one system, which percolated in from the sea in deep cavernous spaces within the earth, there was some overlap. Arethusa, the nymph of a spring, could make her way through subterranean flows from the Peloponnesus, to surface on the island of Sicily.

Anagrams of naiad

  1. Andai

  2. Aidan

  3. Ida'an

  4. Diana

  5. Nadia

  6. Idaan

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