from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A marine worm of the genus Nereis.
  • noun The typical genus of the family Nereidæ.
  • noun In entomology, a genus of lepidopterousinsects.
  • noun In botany, a systematic account of the algæ or seaweeds of a locality or country: as, the Nereis Boreali-Americana. by Harvey.

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

  • proper noun (Class. Myth.) A Nereid. See Nereid.
  • proper noun (Zoöl.) A genus, including numerous species, of marine chætopod annelids, having a well-formed head, with two pairs of eyes, antennæ, four pairs of tentacles, and a protrusile pharynx, armed with a pair of hooked jaws.


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

[Latin Nērēïs, Nereid; see Nereid.]



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