nereid

[ neer-ee-id ]
/ ˈnɪər i ɪd /

noun

any elongate cylindrical worm of the polychaete family Nereididae, including clamworms.

adjective

of or relating to the family Nereididae.

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Origin of nereid

1830–40; < New Latin Nereididae family name; see Nereid, -idae

Definition for nereid (2 of 2)

Nereid

[ neer-ee-id ]
/ ˈnɪər i ɪd /

noun

(sometimes lowercase) Classical Mythology. any of the 50 daughters of Nereus; a sea nymph.
Astronomy. a moon of the planet Neptune.

Origin of Nereid

< Latin Nērēid- (stem of Nērēis) < Greek, stem of Nērēís. See Nereus, -id1
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Nereid

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/ (ˈnɪərɪɪd) /

noun plural Nereides (nəˈriːəˌdiːz)

Greek myth any of the 50 sea nymphs who were the daughters of the sea god Nereus

Word Origin for Nereid

C17: via Latin from Greek Nērēid, from Nereus; compare Latin nāre to swim

British Dictionary definitions for nereid (2 of 2)

Nereid

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/ (ˈnɪərɪɪd) /

noun

a satellite of the planet Neptune, in a large and highly eccentric orbit
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