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oread

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noun ore·ad \ˈȯr-ē-ˌad, -ē-əd\

Definition of oread

  1. :  any of the nymphs of mountains and hills in Greek mythology



Examples of oread

  1. <oreads supposedly prefer to live in hills and mountains>



Origin of oread

Middle English oreades, plural, from Latin oread-, oreas, from Greek oreiad-, oreias, from oreios of a mountain, from oros mountain — more at orient


First Known Use: 14th century


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