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

Definition of nereid

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: 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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nereid adjective

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Nana, Mom, and my sister glistened with Hawaiian Tropic — a trio of golden-tanned nereids in black swimsuits and designer sunglasses. Alison Fields, Longreads, "On, In, or Near the Sea: A Book List," 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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a usually brief trip or an expedition

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