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[neer-ee-uh s, neer-yoos] /ˈnɪər i əs, ˈnɪər yus/
noun, Classical Mythology.
a sea god, the son of Pontus and Gaea and father of the Nereids. Unabridged
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  • We need hardly mention the prophecies of Nereus and Proteus.

    The Fairy Mythology Thomas Keightley
  • Nereus himself is said to have been perfectly true and gentle.

  • In the depths of the blue Ægean the daughters of Nereus dwell—the fair nymphs of the ocean.

    Children of the Dawn Elsie Finnimore Buckley
  • Nereus awoke in his mind once more the dying embers of his old faith.

    Darkness and Dawn Frederic W. Farrar
  • We cannot tell you,” said they; “but we know who can—old Nereus, the sea-god, if you can only get him to tell.

    Gods and Heroes R. E. Francillon
  • Nereus is a freedman now, and he is too old for so distant a voyage and so hard a service.

    Darkness and Dawn Frederic W. Farrar
  • Nereus and Achilleus; also of Petronilla, a member of the Aurelii family.

    Rambles in Rome S. Russell Forbes
British Dictionary definitions for Nereus


(Greek myth) a sea god who lived in the depths of the sea with his wife Doris and their daughters the Nereides
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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