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[awr-ee-ad, ohr‐] /ˈɔr iˌæd, ˈoʊr‐/
Classical Mythology. any of a group of nymphs who were the companions of Artemis.
Origin of oread
< Latin Orēad- (stem of Orēas) < Greek Oreiad- (stem of Oreiás), noun use of oreiás of the mountains, equivalent to órei(os) of the mountains (derivative of óros mountain) + -as feminine patronymic suffix Unabridged
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(Greek myth) a mountain nymph
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C16: via Latin from Greek Oreias, from oros mountain
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Word Origin and History for oread

1580s, from Latin Oreas (genitive Oreadis), from Greek Oreias "mountain nymph," from oros "mountain," probably from PIE root *er-/*or- "to raise" (cf. Sanskrit rsvah "high," Latin oriri "to raise;" see orchestra).

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