nereides


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Nereid \Ne"re*id\, n.; pl. E. Nereids, L. Nereides. [L.
   Nereis, -idis, Gr. Nhrei:`s Nhrhi:`s, Nhrhi:`dos, a daughter
   of Nereus, a nymph of the sea, fr. Nhrey`s Nereus, an ancient
   sea god; akin to nhro`s wet, Skr. n[=a]ra water, cf. Gr.
   na`ein to flow.]
   1. (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.
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   2. (Zool.) Any species of Nereis. The word is sometimes
      used for similar annelids of other families.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Nereis \Ne"re*is\ (? or ?), prop. n.; pl. Nereides. [L.]
   1. (Class. Myth.) A Nereid. See Nereid.
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   2. (Zool.) A genus, including numerous species, of marine
      chaetopod annelids, having a well-formed head, with two
      pairs of eyes, antennae, four pairs of tentacles, and a
      protrusile pharynx, armed with a pair of hooked jaws.
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