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n. Greek Mythology
Any of a group of mountain nymphs.

[Latin Orēas, Orēad-, from Greek Oreias, from oreios, of a mountain, from oros, mountain.]


(Classical Myth & Legend) Greek myth a mountain nymph
[C16: via Latin from Greek Oreias, from oros mountain]


(ˈɔr iˌæd, ˈoʊr-)

(in Greek myth) any of a group of nymphs presiding over mountains and hills.
[< Latin Orēad- (s. of Orēas) < Greek Oreiad- (s. of Oreiás), n. use of oreiás of the mountains =órei(os) of the mountains (derivative of óros mountain) + -as feminine patronymic suffix]
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Noun1.Oread - (Greek mythology) one of the mountain nymphs
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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"