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Meaning of naiad

nai•ad

Pronunciation: (nā'ad, -ud, nī'-), [key]
— pl. -ads, -a•des
  1. (sometimes cap.)any of a class of nymphs presiding over rivers and springs.
  2. the juvenile form of the dragonfly, damselfly, or mayfly.
  3. a female swimmer, esp. an expert one.
  4. a plant of the genus Najas, having narrow leaves and solitary flowers.
  5. an aquatic nymph.
  6. a freshwater mussel.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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