from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Greek Mythology Any of the sea nymphs, the 50 daughters of Nereus.
  • n. The satellite of Neptune that is eighth in distance from the planet.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. One of the satellites of the planet Neptune

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A sea nymph, one of the daughters of Nereus, who were attendants upon Neptune, and were represented as riding on sea horses, sometimes with the human form entire, and sometimes with the tail of a fish.
  • n. Any species of Nereis. The word is sometimes used for similar annelids of other families.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In Greek myth, a sea-nymph, one of the daughters of Nereus and Doris, generally spoken of as fifty in number.
  • n. In zoology, a sea-centiped; an errant marine worm of the family Nereidæ; in a wider sense, a marine annelid: applicable to nearly all of the polychætous worms.
  • n. 3. Some ocean organism that shines by night. See the quotation under noctilucous.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (Greek mythology) any of the 50 sea nymphs who were daughters of the sea god Nereus


Latin Nērēïs, Nērēïd-, from Greek, from Nēreus, Nereus.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From nereid, a sea-nymph of Greek mythology and attendants of the god Neptune. (Wiktionary)



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