naiad


na·iad

noun \ˈnā-əd, ˈnī-, -ˌad\
plural na·iads or na·ia·des \-ə-ˌdēz\

Definition of NAIAD

1
:  any of the nymphs in classical mythology living in and giving life to lakes, rivers, springs, and fountains
2
:  an aquatic insect nymph (as of a mayfly, dragonfly, damselfly, or stone fly)
3
:  any of a genus (Najas of the family Najadaceae) of submerged aquatic plants

Examples of NAIAD

  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 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

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