[ hahy-uh-deez ]
/ ˈhaɪ əˌdiz /

noun (used with a plural verb)

Astronomy. a group of stars comprising a moving cluster in the constellation Taurus, supposed by the ancients to indicate the approach of rain when they rose with the sun.
Classical Mythology. a group of nymphs and sisters of the Pleiades who nurtured the infant Dionysus and were placed among the stars as a reward.
Also Hy·ads [hahy-adz] /ˈhaɪ ædz/.

Origin of Hyades

1350–1400; Middle English Hiades < Latin < Greek, equivalent to hý(ein) to rain + -ades, plural of -as -ad1
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Hyads (ˈhaɪædz)

/ (ˈhaɪəˌdiːz) /

pl n

an open cluster of stars in the constellation TaurusCompare Pleiades 1

Word Origin for Hyades

C16: via Latin from Greek huades, perhaps from huein to rain

British Dictionary definitions for hyades (2 of 2)


/ (ˈhaɪəˌdiːz) /

pl n

Greek myth seven nymphs, daughters of Atlas, whom Zeus placed among the stars after death
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