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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
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There were also Clymene, Ianeira and Ianassa, Maera, Oreithuia and Amatheia of the lovely locks, with other Nereids who dwell in the depths of the sea.
15) who with the lord Apollo and the Rivers have youths in their keeping -- to this charge Zeus appointed them -- Peitho, and Admete, and Ianthe, and Electra, and Doris, and Prymno, and Urania divine in form, Hippo, Clymene, Rhodea, and Callirrhoe, Zeuxo and Clytie, and Idyia, and Pasithoe, Plexaura, and Galaxaura, and lovely Dione, Melobosis and Thoe and handsome Polydora, Cerceis lovely of form, and soft eyed Pluto, Perseis, Ianeira, Acaste, Xanthe, Petraea the fair, Menestho, and Europa, Metis, and Eurynome, and Telesto saffron-clad, Chryseis and Asia and charming Calypso, Eudora, and Tyche, Amphirho, and Ocyrrhoe, and Styx who is the chiefest of them all.