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  1. any elongate cylindrical worm of the polychaete family Nereididae, including clamworms.
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  1. of or relating to the family Nereididae.
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Origin of nereid

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


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

  • A galley, which bore a Nereid at its prow, had just weighed anchor.


    Anatole France

  • The Nereid seized the babe, and, crying out: “Let go my child, dog!”

    The Science of Fairy Tales

    Edwin Sidney Hartland

  • In the case of the Nereid, the goods of the neutral shipper were inviolable.

  • See description of the argument of the case of the Nereid, supra, 133-34.

  • It had been Nereid's order to the dragon to seek for and devour Andromeda.

    The Woodcraft Girls at Camp

    Lillian Elizabeth Roy

British Dictionary definitions for nereid


noun plural Nereides (nəˈriːəˌdiːz)
  1. Greek myth any of the 50 sea nymphs who were the daughters of the sea god Nereus
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Word Origin for Nereid

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


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