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ne·​re·​id | \ ˈnir-ē-əd How to pronounce nereid (audio) \

Definition of nereid

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: any of a family (Nereidae) of chiefly marine polychaete worms especially : any of a genus (Nereis) of usually large often greenish worms


noun (2)
Ne·​re·​id | \ ˈnir-ē-əd How to pronounce Nereid (audio) \

Definition of Nereid (Entry 2 of 2)

: any of the sea nymphs fathered by Nereus

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Examples of nereid in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Nana, Mom, and my sister glistened with Hawaiian Tropic — a trio of golden-tanned nereids in black swimsuits and designer sunglasses. Alison Fields, Longreads, 25 July 2019

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First Known Use of nereid

Noun (1)

1774, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for nereid

Noun (1)

New Latin Nereidae, from Nereis, a genus, from Latin, Nereid

Noun (2)

Latin Nereid-, Nereis, from Greek Nēreid-, Nēreis, from Nēreus Nereus

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“Nereid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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