naiad

noun
na·iad | \ˈnā-əd, ˈnī-, -ˌad \
plural naiads or naiades\ˈnā-ə-ˌdēz, ˈnī- \

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

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Synonyms for naiad

Synonyms

dryad, nymph, oread, wood nymph

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Examples of naiad in a Sentence

in Greek mythology, naiads supposedly drowned the young men with whom they became enamored students in science class learning how to distinguish a dragonfly naiad from an earthworm

First Known Use of naiad

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for naiad

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

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naiad

noun
na·iad | \ˈnā-əd \
plural naiads or naiades\ˈnā-ə-ˌdēz \

Kids Definition of naiad

: a nymph believed in ancient times to be living in lakes, rivers, and springs

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