Hyades(redirected from Hyads)
Also found in: Thesaurus, Encyclopedia.
1. Greek Mythology The five daughters of Atlas and sisters of the Pleiades, placed by Zeus among the stars.
2. A cluster of stars in the constellation Taurus, the five brightest of which form a V, supposed by ancient astronomers to indicate rain when they rose with the sun.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
(Astronomy) an open cluster of stars in the constellation Taurus. Compare Pleiades1
[C16: via Latin from Greek huades, perhaps from huein to rain]
(Classical Myth & Legend) Greek myth seven nymphs, daughters of Atlas, whom Zeus placed among the stars after death
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
1. a large cluster of stars in the constellation Taurus, supposed by the ancients to herald rain when they rose with the sun.
2. (in Greek myth) a group of nymphs and sisters of the Pleiades who nurtured the infant Dionysus and were placed among the stars as a reward.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Latin < Greek, =hý(ein) to rain + -ades, pl. of -as -ad1]
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.
Switch to new thesaurus
|Noun||1.||Hyades - (Greek mythology) 7 daughters of Atlas and half-sisters of the Pleiades; they nurtured the infant Dionysus and Zeus placed them among the stars as a reward|
Greek mythology - the mythology of the ancient Greeks
nymph - (classical mythology) a minor nature goddess usually depicted as a beautiful maiden; "the ancient Greeks believed that nymphs inhabited forests and bodies of water"
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.