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  • n. Plural form of naiad.


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  • Certainly the idea of protective naiads and life-givers was present.

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  • He is right to admonish us for wasting water but probably wrong to threaten us with the imminent vengeance of the naiads and sprites.

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  • The assorted naiads and fauns are excellent; Akane Takada is an unfeasibly witty, winsome goat.

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  • Spotless Doric columns are crowned by a stone frieze of warriors and naiads bracketing the etched phrase “A posse ad esse.”

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  • You get to interact with all sorts of fantastical creatures, including faeries, brownies, satyrs, imps and naiads....along with some truly evil creatures.

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  • Etymologically speaking, a fairy is something quite particular, related in kind to the naiads, or water nymphs, and while of the genus, we are sui generis.

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  • The naiads, nymphs, divine, have as their progeny Sileni, who are much more like myself, I take it, than like you.


  • No ingenue among the naiads, a truant from her river spring, could have been shyer, whiter, more ingenuous than this young girl, seemingly about sixteen years old, ignorant of evil and of the storms of life, and fresh from some church in which she must have prayed the angels to call her to heaven before the time.

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  • It is hard to determine precisely what the Greeks and Romans understood by adoring, or whether they adored fauns, sylvans, dryads and naiads as they adored the twelve superior gods.

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  • They're not even the colorful, childlike Irish country folk you meet in, say, Ray Bradbury's Irish tales, but rather generic peasants, who drop exposition in their "wild legendry," bustle about as servants, and then get kidnapped by the Fair Folk, er, naiads.

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