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naiads,in Greek mythology: 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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in ancient Greek mythology, nymphs and female deities living in rivers and lakes. The rusalki of Slavic mythology are similar to the naiads.
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divine maidens of lakes, streams, and fountains. [Gk. and Rom. Myth.: Wheeler, 256]
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