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Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature
(from Gr. νάειν , to swim) is the name of the nymphs who figure in Greek and Roman mythology. They presided over fresh waters, and were supposed to inspire those who drank of them with oracular powers and the gift of poetry. They could also restore sick persons to lheal ih. They are represented in works of art as beautiful maidens, hall draped, with loh.g hair.
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McClintock, John. Strong, James. Entry for 'Naiads'. Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/tce/n/naiads.html. Harper & Brothers. New York. 1870.