nereid

nereid

[neer-ee-id]
noun
1.
any elongate cylindrical worm of the polychaete family Nereididae, including clamworms.
adjective
2.
of or pertaining to the family Nereididae.

Origin:
1830–40; < Neo-Latin Nereididae family name; see Nereid, -idae

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Nereid

[neer-ee-id]
noun
1.
(sometimes lowercase) Classical Mythology. any of the 50 daughters of Nereus; a sea nymph.
2.
Astronomy. a moon of the planet Neptune.

Origin:
< Latin Nērēid- (stem of Nērēis) < Greek, stem of Nērēís. See Nereus, -id1

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Nereid1 (ˈnɪərɪɪd)
 
n , pl Nereides
Greek myth any of the 50 sea nymphs who were the daughters of the sea god Nereus
 
[C17: via Latin from Greek Nērēid, from Nereus; compare Latin nāre to swim]

Nereid2 (ˈnɪərɪɪd)
 
n
a satellite of the planet Neptune, in a large and highly eccentric orbit

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Nereid
"sea-nymph," 1513, from Gk. Nereis (gen. Nereidos), daughter of the ancient sea-god Nereus, whose name is related to naros "flowing, liquid, I flow" (see naiad).
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