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Naiades

 
Naiad "Na"iad", n. [L. naias, -adis, na["i]s, -idis, a water nymph, Gr ?, ?, fr. ? to flow: cf. F. na["i]ade. Cf. .] 1. (Myth.) A water nymph; one of the lower female divinities, fabled to preside over some body of fresh water, as a lake, river, brook, or fountain.
2. (Zo["o]l.) Any species of a tribe () of freshwater bivalves, including , , and numerous allied genera; a river mussel.
3. (Zo["o]l) One of a group of butterflies. See .
4. (Bot.) Any plant of the order {Naiadace[ae]}, such as eelgrass, pondweed, etc.
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