oread

oread

[awr-ee-ad, ohr]
noun
Classical Mythology. any of a group of nymphs who were the companions of Artemis.

Origin:
< Latin Orēad- (stem of Orēas) < Greek Oreiad- (stem of Oreiás), noun use of oreiás of the mountains, equivalent to órei(os) of the mountains (derivative of óros mountain) + -as feminine patronymic suffix

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oread (ˈɔːrɪˌæd)
 
n
Greek myth a mountain nymph
 
[C16: via Latin from Greek Oreias, from oros mountain]

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oread
1580s, from L. Oreas (gen. Oreadis), from Gk. oreias "mountain nymph," from oros "mountain," probably from PIE base *er-/*or- "to raise" (cf. Skt. rsvah "high," L. oriri "to raise;" see orchestra).
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