a) One of 50 sea nymphs who were attendants upon Poseidon (Neptune), and were represented as riding on sea horses, sometimes in human form and sometimes with the tail of a fish.
b) A worm of the genus Nereid, having sharp retractable jaws and an annelid body.

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  • Nereid — Ne re*id, n.; pl. E. {Nereids}, L. {Nereides}. [L. Nereis, idis, Gr. Nhrei: s Nhrhi: s, Nhrhi: dos, a daughter of Nereus, a nymph of the sea, fr. Nhrey s Nereus, an ancient sea god; akin to nhro s wet, Skr. n[=a]ra water, cf. Gr. na ein to flow.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Nereid — sea nymph, 1510s, from Gk. Nereis (gen. Nereidos), daughter of the ancient sea god Nereus, whose name is related to naros flowing, liquid, I flow (see NAIAD (Cf. naiad)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • Nereid — ► NOUN Greek Mythology ▪ any of the sea nymphs, daughters of the old sea god Nereus …   English terms dictionary

  • Nereid — [nir′ē id] n. [L Nereis (gen. Nereidis) < Gr Nērēis (gen. Nērēidos) < Nēreus] Gr. Myth. any of the sea nymphs, the fifty daughters of Nereus …   English World dictionary

  • Nereid — Neptun II (Nereid) Nereid auf einer Aufnahme der Raumsonde Voyager 2 Zentralkörper Neptun Eigenschaften des …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Nereid — Sea nymph and Sea nymphs redirect here. For other uses, see Sea nymph (disambiguation). For other uses, see Nereid (disambiguation). Nereid riding a sea bull (latter 2nd century BC) In Greek mythology, the Nereids ( …   Wikipedia

  • nereid — /near ee id/, n. 1. any elongate cylindrical worm of the polychaete family Nereididae, including clamworms. adj. 2. of or pertaining to the family Nereididae. [1830 40; < NL Nereididae family name; see NEREID, IDAE] * * * In Greek mythology, any… …   Universalium

  • Nereid — /near ee id/, n. 1. (sometimes l.c.) Class. Myth. any of the 50 daughters of Nereus; a sea nymph. 2. Astron. a moon of the planet Neptune. [ < L Nereid (s. of Nereis) < Gk, s. of Nereís. See NEREUS, ID1] * * * In Greek mythology, any of the… …   Universalium

  • nereid — noun Etymology: New Latin Nereidae, from Nereis, a genus, from Latin, Nereid Date: 1840 any of a family (Nereidae) of chiefly marine polychaete worms; especially any of a genus (Nereis) of usually large often greenish worms • nereid adjective …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Nereid — noun Etymology: Latin Nereid , Nereis, from Greek Nēreid , Nēreis, from Nēreus Nereus Date: 1606 any of the sea nymphs fathered by Nereus …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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