naiad

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Dragonfly naiad

Etymology[edit]

Latin naias, from Ancient Greek Νᾱϊάς ‎(Nāïás, naiad), from νάειν ‎(náein, to flow).

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  • IPA(key): /ˈneɪæd/, /ˈneɪəd/, /ˈnaɪæd/, /ˈnaɪəd/

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naiad ‎(plural naiads or naiades)

  1. (Greek mythology) A female deity (nymph) associated with water, especially a spring, stream, or other fresh water.
  2. (entomology) The aquatic larva (nymph) of a dragonfly or damselfly.

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