[awr-ee-ad, ohr‐]


Classical Mythology. any of a group of nymphs who were the companions of Artemis.

Nearby words

  1. ore hearth,
  2. ore mountains,
  3. ore rotundo,
  4. ore tanker,
  5. ore.,
  6. orebody,
  7. orecchiette,
  8. orectic,
  9. oreg.,
  10. oregano

Origin of oread

< Latin Orēad- (stem of Orēas) < Greek Oreiad- (stem of Oreiás), noun use of oreiás of the mountains, equivalent to órei(os) of the mountains (derivative of óros mountain) + -as feminine patronymic suffix

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Greek myth a mountain nymph

Word Origin for oread

C16: via Latin from Greek Oreias, from oros mountain

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Word Origin and History for oread



1580s, from Latin Oreas (genitive Oreadis), from Greek Oreias "mountain nymph," from oros "mountain," probably from PIE root *er-/*or- "to raise" (cf. Sanskrit rsvah "high," Latin oriri "to raise;" see orchestra).

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