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nereid

[neer-ee-id]
noun
  1. any elongate cylindrical worm of the polychaete family Nereididae, including clamworms.
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adjective
  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

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.
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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

Examples from the Web for nereid

Historical Examples of nereid

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

    Thais

    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

Nereid

1
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

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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