Variant of naiad
- Gr. & Rom. 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, with only one genus (Najas), having linear opposite leaves
- Zool. the aquatic nymph of certain insects, as the dragonfly and mayfly
Origin: Fr naïade from Classical Latin Naias (gen. Naiadis) from Glassical 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
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