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[awr-ee-ad, ohr‐]
  1. Classical Mythology. any of a group of nymphs who were the companions of Artemis.
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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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Historical Examples of oread

  • From Princess she had changed to Oread, and they did not know her in this new mood.

    The Princess of the School

    Angela Brazil

  • I never ventured to read them to my Oread or fellow students.

  • There's a light passed from you, There's a joy outcast from you,— You have lost your Oread.

    Songs from Vagabondia

    Bliss Carman and Richard Hovey

  • All your woods and dales are sad,— You have lost your Oread.

    Songs from Vagabondia

    Bliss Carman and Richard Hovey

  • She was a child of the whole world, as the naiad is the child of the river, and the oread of the mountain.

    There and Back

    George MacDonald

British Dictionary definitions for oread


  1. Greek myth a mountain nymph
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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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