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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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  • From Princess she had changed to oread, and they did not know her in this new mood.

  • I never ventured to read them to my oread or fellow students.

  • All your woods and dales are sad,— You have lost your oread.

    Songs from Vagabondia Bliss Carman and Richard Hovey
  • There's a light passed from you, There's a joy outcast from you,— You have lost your oread.

    Songs from Vagabondia Bliss Carman and Richard Hovey
  • She was a child of the whole world, as the naiad is the child of the river, and the oread of the mountain.

    There and Back George MacDonald
  • Was she salamander or sylph, naiad or undine, oread or dryad?

    There and Back George MacDonald
  • They had first met in 1830, when she, a girl of seventeen, seemed to him like “a Dryad or an oread wandering here.”

    Alfred Tennyson Andrew Lang
  • Here, too, the oread dwellers of the hills and dryads and sylvans and water-nymphs seem possible.

  • Also many large elms grow along the upper slopes, especially along the outcrops of the two main strata of the oread Limestone.

  • The oread's body was sanguine brown, only her breast, which I saw half-revealed through a slit in her smock, was snowy white.

    Lore of Proserpine Maurice Hewlett
British Dictionary definitions for oread


(Greek myth) a mountain nymph
Word Origin
C16: via Latin from Greek Oreias, from oros mountain
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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