nereid

[neer-ee-id]
adjective
  1. of or relating to the family Nereididae.

Origin of nereid

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

Nereid

[neer-ee-id]
noun
  1. (sometimes lowercase) Classical Mythology. any of the 50 daughters of Nereus; a sea nymph.
  2. 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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Related Words for nereid

nix, Nereid, Oceanid, kelpie, mermaid, naiad

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British Dictionary definitions for nereid

Nereid

1
noun plural Nereides (nəˈriːəˌdiːz)
  1. 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

Nereid

2
noun
  1. a satellite of the planet Neptune, in a large and highly eccentric orbit
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Word Origin and History for nereid

Nereid

"sea-nymph," 1510s, from Greek Nereis (genitive Nereidos), daughter of the ancient sea-god Nereus, whose name is related to naros "flowing, liquid, I flow" (see naiad).

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