Naiad Definition

nāəd, -ăd, nī-
naiades, naiads
noun
naiads
Any of the nymphs living in and giving life to springs, fountains, rivers, and lakes.
Webster's New World
A girl or woman swimmer.
Webster's New World
Any of a family (Najadaceae, order Najadales) of monocotyledonous, submerged freshwater plants, consisting of a single genus (Najas) and having linear opposite leaves.
Webster's New World
The aquatic nymph of certain insects, as the dragonfly and mayfly.
Webster's New World
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Other Word Forms of Naiad

Noun

Singular:
naiad
Plural:
naiads

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

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