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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Greek Mythology One of the sea nymphs, the 50 daughters of Nereus.
  • noun A satellite of Neptune.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In Greek myth, a sea-nymph, one of the daughters of Nereus and Doris, generally spoken of as fifty in number.
  • noun 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.
  • noun 3. Some ocean organism that shines by night. See the quotation under noctilucous.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Class. Myth.) 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.
  • noun (Zoöl.) Any species of Nereis. The word is sometimes used for similar annelids of other families.

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  • proper noun astronomy One of the satellites of the planet Neptune

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

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

Etymologies

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

[Latin Nērēïs, Nērēïd-, from Greek, from Nēreus, Nereus.]

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From nereid, a sea-nymph of Greek mythology and attendants of the god Neptune.

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