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nereids:

see nymphnymph
, in Greek mythology, female divinity associated with various natural objects. It is uncertain whether they were immortal or merely long-lived. There was an infinite variety of nymphs. Some represented various localities, e.g.
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Nereids

 

in ancient Greek mythology, sea nymphs, the 50 daughters of “the old man of the sea,” Nereus. Hesiod named the Nereids, and many of the names reflect the various qualities of a calm, tender, playful sea. The best-known Nereids are Amphitrite, wife of Poseidon, and Thetis, mother of Achilles. In Slavonic mythology, the inhabitants of the “watery kingdom” (bylina [epic folk song] about Sadko) were similar to the Nereids.

Nereids

sea nymphs of the Mediterranean. [Gk. and Rom. Myth.: Wheeler, 257]
See: Nymph

Nereids

fifty daughters of Nereus; attendants of Poseidon. [Gk. Myth.: Zimmerman, 174]
See: Sea
References in classic literature ?
There were Glauce, Thalia and Cymodoce, Nesaia, Speo, Thoe and dark-eyed Halie, Cymothoe, Actaea and Limnorea, Melite, Iaera, Amphithoe and Agave, Doto and Proto, Pherusa and Dynamene, Dexamene, Amphinome and Callianeira, Doris, Panope, and the famous sea-nymph Galatea, Nemertes, Apseudes and Callianassa.
Brown, KS, Witte, L, Hartmann, T, Barata, LES, "Tropane and pyrrolizidine alkaloids in the ithomiines Placidula euryanassa and Miraleria cymothoe (Lepidoplera: Nymphalidae).