- Gr. Myth. daughters of Atlas, placed in the sky by Zeus: as stars they were thought to be bringers of rain
- [often with sing. v.]Astron. an open cluster of more than 200 stars in the constellation Taurus, whose five brightest members form a near Aldebaran
Origin of HyadesClassical Latin Hyades from Classical Greek
- Greek Mythology The five daughters of Atlas and sisters of the Pleiades, placed by Zeus among the stars.
- A cluster of stars in the constellation Taurus, the five brightest of which form a V, supposed by ancient astronomers to indicate rain when they rose with the sun.
Origin of HyadesLatin from Greek Huades probably from hūs pig ; see sū- in Indo-European roots.