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in zoology: see insectinsect,
invertebrate animal of the class Insecta of the phylum Arthropoda. Like other arthropods, an insect has a hard outer covering, or exoskeleton, a segmented body, and jointed legs. Adult insects typically have wings and are the only flying invertebrates.
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in astronomy, one of the natural satellites, or moons, of NeptuneNeptune,
in astronomy, 8th planet from the sun at a mean distance of about 2.8 billion mi (4.5 billion km) with an orbit lying between those of Uranus and the dwarf planet Pluto; its period of revolution is about 165 years.
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(nÿ -ad) A small satellite of Neptune, discovered in 1989. See Table 2, backmatter.



a stage in the development of some insects (stoneflies, mayflies, and dragonflies). Naiads are aquatic forms. The analogous stage in the development of other arthropods is the nymph.


A satellite of Neptune orbiting at a mean distance of 30,000 miles (48,000 kilometers) with a period of 7.1 hours, and a diameter of about 34 miles (54 kilometers).


1. Greek myth a nymph dwelling in a lake, river, spring, or fountain
2. the aquatic larva of the dragonfly, mayfly, and related insects
3. any of certain freshwater mussels of the genus Unio
4. any monocotyledonous submerged aquatic plant of the genus Naias (or Najas), having narrow leaves and small flowers: family Naiadaceae (or Najadaceae)
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castalides, hamadryas or moides, oreades, naiades, nymphae and dryades, respectively).
Richard Wyatt's Flora and Zephyr smirk with becoming neatness and sweetness, John Gibson's Narcissus (1838) has a prescient period droop, and his Hylas Surprised by the Naiades (Fig.
The naiades or freshwater mussels (Bivalvia: Unionidae) of the Tippecanoe River, Indiana.
Iris calls Mercury's dance of Naiades (water-nymphs) and Hyades (sky-nymphs) a "lifeless dance, which of one sex consists.
Distributional features of naiades in tributaries of Lake Erie.
In the French second half Goode satisfied serious musical tastes with an ecstatically relished Joie et Clarte des Corps Glorieux of Messiaen, and bored at least one listener silly with Roger-Ducasse's Pastorale and Vierne's finger-twiddling Naiades.
A Classification and Annotated Check List of the North American Naiades.
en revant a tous les dieux de la mythologie antique; ou mon imagination voyait danser, sous l'ombre des arbres, les nymphes elegantes avec les grotesques Egypans [sic], et sous l'eau verte des fontaines, les naiades rieuses se moquer des satyres aux pieds fourchus.