nereid

[ neer-ee-id ]
/ ˈnɪər i ɪd /
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noun

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

adjective

of or relating to the family Nereididae.

RELATED WORDS


Nearby words

  1. neral,
  2. nerc,
  3. nerd,
  4. nerdic,
  5. nerdy,
  6. nereids,
  7. nereis,
  8. nereus,
  9. nerf,
  10. nergal

Origin of nereid

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

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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British Dictionary definitions for nereid

Nereid

1
/ (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

Nereid

2
/ (ˈnɪərɪɪd) /

noun

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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