naiad

noun na·iad \ ˈnā-əd , ˈnī- , -ˌad \

Definition of naiad

plural naiads or naiades play \ˈnā-ə-ˌdēz, ˈnī-\
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 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

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NAIAD Defined for Kids

naiad

noun na·iad \ ˈnā-əd \

Definition of naiad for Students

plural naiads or naiades \ˈnā-ə-ˌdēz\
:a nymph believed in ancient times to be living in lakes, rivers, and springs


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