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naiad

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noun na·iad \ˈnā-əd, ˈnī-, -ˌad\

Definition of naiad

plural

naiads

or

naiades

play \-ə-ˌdēz\
  1. 1 :  any of the nymphs in classical mythology living in and giving life to lakes, rivers, springs, and fountains

  2. 2 :  an aquatic insect nymph (as of a mayfly, dragonfly, damselfly, or stone fly)

  3. 3 :  any of a genus (Najas of the family Najadaceae) of submerged aquatic plants



Examples of naiad in a sentence

  1. <in Greek mythology, naiads supposedly drowned the young men with whom they became enamored>

  2. <students in science class learning how to distinguish a dragonfly naiad from an earthworm>



Origin and Etymology of naiad

Middle English, from Middle French or Latin; Middle French naïade, from Latin naiad-, naias, from Greek, from nan to flow — more at nourish


First Known Use: 14th century


NAIAD Defined for Kids

naiad

play
noun na·iad \ˈnā-əd\

Definition of naiad for Students

plural

naiads

or

naiades

\ˈnā-ə-ˌdēz\
  1. :  a nymph believed in ancient times to be living in lakes, rivers, and springs





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