naiad

noun
na·​iad | \ ˈnā-əd How to pronounce naiad (audio) , ˈnī-, -ˌad How to pronounce naiad (audio) \
plural naiads or naiades\ ˈnā-​ə-​ˌdēz How to pronounce naiades (audio) , 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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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 How to pronounce naiad (audio) \
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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