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naiad, water nymph(noun)
submerged aquatic plant having narrow leaves and small flowers; of fresh or brackish water
(Greek mythology) a nymph of lakes and springs and rivers and fountains
A female deity (nymph) associated with water, especially a spring, stream, or other fresh water.
The aquatic larva (nymph) of a dragonfly or damselfly.
Origin: naias, from Ναϊάς, from νάειν.
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
any species of a tribe (Naiades) of freshwater bivalves, including Unio, Anodonta, and numerous allied genera; a river mussel
one of a group of butterflies. See Nymph
any plant of the order Naiadaceae, such as eelgrass, pondweed, etc
Origin: [L. naias, -adis, nas, -idis, a water nymph, Gr nai:a`s, nai:`s, fr. na`ein to flow: cf. F. naade. Cf. Naid.]
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.
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