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Hyades

[ hahy-uh-deez ]
/ ˈhaɪ əˌdiz /
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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.

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Also Hy·ads [hahy-adz]. /ˈhaɪ ædz/.

Origin of Hyades

1350–1400; Middle English Hiades<Latin <Greek, equivalent to (ein) to rain + -ades, plural of -as-ad1
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British Dictionary definitions for Hyades (1 of 2)

Hyades1

Hyads (ˈhaɪædz)

/ (ˈhaɪəˌdiːz) /

pl n

an open cluster of stars in the constellation TaurusCompare Pleiades 1
C16: via Latin from Greek huades, perhaps from huein to rain

British Dictionary definitions for Hyades (2 of 2)

Hyades2
/ (ˈhaɪəˌdiːz) /

pl n

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