nounpl. -·ads· or -·a·des·
- [alsoN-]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 nāias nāiad- from Greek probably from nān to flow ; see (s)nāu- in Indo-European roots.
Latin naias, from Ancient Greek ÎÎ±ÏŠÎ¬Ï‚ (NÄÃ¯as, “naiad"), from Î½Î¬ÎµÎ¹Î½ (naein, “to flow").