Naiad meaning

nāəd, -ăd, nī-
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(greek mythology) One of the nymphs who lived in and presided over brooks, springs, and fountains.
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The aquatic nymph of certain insects, such as a mayfly, damselfly, or dragonfly.
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Any of various aquatic plants of the genus Najas.
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(class. myth.) Any of the nymphs living in and giving life to springs, fountains, rivers, and lakes.
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A girl or woman swimmer.
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(bot.) Any of a family (Najadaceae, order Najadales) of monocotyledonous, submerged freshwater plants, consisting of a single genus (Najas) and having linear opposite leaves.
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(zool.) The aquatic nymph of certain insects, as the dragonfly and mayfly.
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The aquatic nymph of certain insects, such as a mayfly, damselfly, or dragonfly.
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(Greek mythology) A female deity (nymph) associated with water, especially a spring, stream, or other fresh water.
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(entomology) The aquatic larva (nymph) of a dragonfly or damselfly.
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Origin of naiad

  • Middle English from Latin nāias nāiad- from Greek probably from nān to flow (s)nāu- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Latin naias, from Ancient Greek Ναϊάς (Nāïas, “naiad"), from νάειν (naein, “to flow").

    From Wiktionary