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Meaning of NAIAD

Pronunciation:  'nIad

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  1. [n]  (Greek mythology) a nymph of lakes and springs and rivers and fountains
  2. [n]  submerged aquatic plant having narrow leaves and small flowers; of fresh or brackish water

NAIAD is a 5 letter word that starts with N.


 Synonyms: water nymph
 See Also: aquatic plant, genus Naias, genus Najas, hydrophyte, hydrophytic plant, Naias, Najas, water nymph, water plant



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Na"iad\, n. [L. naias, -adis, na["i]s, -idis, a water
nymph, Gr ?, ?, fr. ? to flow: cf. F. na["i]ade. Cf. {Naid}.]
1. (Myth.) 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. (Zo["o]l.) Any species of a tribe ({Naiades}) of
   freshwater bivalves, including {Unio}, {Anodonta}, and
   numerous allied genera; a river mussel.

3. (Zo["o]l) One of a group of butterflies. See {Nymph}.

4. (Bot.) Any plant of the order {Naiadace[ae]}, such as
   eelgrass, pondweed, etc.

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