pl. -·ads· or -·a·des·
- Class. Myth. any of the nymphs living in and giving life to springs, fountains, rivers, and lakes
- a girl or woman swimmer
- Bot. any of a family (Najadaceae, order Najadales) of monocotyledonous, submerged freshwater plants, consisting of a single genus (Najas) and having linear opposite leaves
- Zool. the aquatic nymph of certain insects, as the dragonfly and mayfly
Origin of naiadFrench naïade ; from Classical Latin Naias (gen. Naiadis) ; from Classical Greek Naias (pl. Naïades) ; from naein, to flow ; from Indo-European base an unverified form (s)na-, to flow from source Classical Latin natare, to swim
nounpl. nai·a·des or nai·ads
- Greek Mythology One of the nymphs who lived in and presided over brooks, springs, and fountains.
- The aquatic nymph of certain insects, such as a mayfly, damselfly, or dragonfly.
- Any of various aquatic plants of the genus Najas.
Origin of naiadMiddle English, from Latin naias, naiad-, from Greek, probably from nan, to flow; see (s)nau- in Indo-European roots.
Latin naias, from Ancient Greek ÎÎ±ÏŠÎ¬Ï‚ (NÄÃ¯as, “naiad"), from Î½Î¬ÎµÎ¹Î½ (naein, “to flow").