naiad

naiad
/nay"ad, -euhd, nuy"-/, n., pl. naiads, naiades /-euh deez'/.
1. (sometimes cap.) Class. Myth. any of a class of nymphs presiding over rivers and springs.
2. the juvenile form of the dragonfly, damselfly, or mayfly.
3. a female swimmer, esp. an expert one.
4. Bot. a plant of the genus Najas, having narrow leaves and solitary flowers.
5. Entomol. an aquatic nymph.
6. a freshwater mussel.
[ < L Naïad- (s. of Naïas) < Gk Naïás a water nymph]

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      (from Greek naiein, “to flow”), in Greek mythology, one of the nymphs of flowing water—springs, rivers, fountains, lakes. The Naiads, appropriately in their relation to freshwater, were represented as beautiful, lighthearted, and beneficent. Like the other classes of nymphs, they were extremely long-lived, although not immortal.

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