Definition of Naiad

1. Noun. Submerged aquatic plant having narrow leaves and small flowers; of fresh or brackish water.

Exact synonyms: Water Nymph
Group relationships: Genus Naias, Genus Najas, Naias, Najas
Generic synonyms: Aquatic Plant, Hydrophyte, Hydrophytic Plant, Water Plant



2. Noun. (Greek mythology) a nymph of lakes and springs and rivers and fountains.
Category relationships: Greek Mythology
Generic synonyms: Water Nymph

Definition of Naiad

1. n. A water nymph; one of the lower female divinities, fabled to preside over some body of fresh water, as a lake, river, brook, or fountain.

Definition of Naiad

1. Noun. (Greek mythology) A female deity (nymph) associated with water, especially a spring, stream, or other fresh water. ¹

2. Noun. (entomology) The aquatic larva (nymph) of a dragonfly or damselfly. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Naiad

1. a water nymph [n -S or -ES]

Medical Definition of Naiad

1. 1. A water nymph; one of the lower female divinities, fabled to preside over some body of fresh water, as a lake, river, brook, or fountain. 2. Any species of a tribe (Naiades) of freshwater bivalves, including Unio, Anodonta, and numerous allied genera; a river mussel. 3. One of a group of butterflies. See Nymph. 4. Any plant of the order Naiadaceae, such as eelgrass, pondweed, etc. Origin: L. Naias, -adis, nais, -idis, a water nymph, Gr, fr. To flow: cf. F. Naiade. Cf. Naid. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Naiad

nagmaal
nagmaals
nagor
nagors
nags
nagware
nagyag-ite
nagyagite
nagyagites
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nahal
nahals
nahcolite
nahpoite
nahualism
naiad (current term)
naiad family
naiades
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naiant
naid
naif
naifer
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naifly
naifs
naik
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nail-biter

Literary usage of Naiad

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1. An Introduction to Entomology by John Henry Comstock (1920)
"The term naiad.—The immature instars of insects with an incomplete metamorphosis have ... The adoption of the term naiad in this sense affords a distinctive ..."

2. Chronological History of the West Indies by Thomas Southey (1827)
"of twenty-six guns and one hundred and ninety men, he captured, after killing three of her crew and wounding nine; the other corvette, La naiad brig, ..."

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