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naiad Tweet Definition of naiad Like Definition of naiad on Facebook
  1. (Greek mythology) a female deity (nymph) associated with water, especially a spring, stream, or other fresh water
Narcissus Tweet Definition of Narcissus Like Definition of Narcissus on Facebook
proper noun (wikipedia, Narcissus (mythology))
  1. (Greek Mythology) A hero renowned for his beauty and pride.
nectar Tweet Definition of nectar Like Definition of nectar on Facebook
  1. (botany) The sweet liquid secreted by flowers to attract pollinating insects and birds.
  2. (mythology) The drink of the gods.
  3. (context, by extension) A delicious drink.
  4. A fruit juice based drink, made from fruit juice, water and sweetener.
Nemean Lion Tweet Definition of Nemean Lion Like Definition of Nemean Lion on Facebook
  1. A lion that lived around Nemea.
nemesis Tweet Definition of nemesis Like Definition of nemesis on Facebook
noun (nemes, es)
  1. an archenemy
    • "Batman is in constant conflict with his , The Joker."
      1. The principle of retributive justice
      2. (italbrac, usually singular, formal) punishment or defeat that is deserved and cannot be avoided
    • (Greek Mythology) The goddess of divine retribution and vengeance (always capitalized)
    • The polar opposite of a character
      1. a righteous infliction of retribution manifested by an appropriate agent
Neptune Tweet Definition of Neptune Like Definition of Neptune on Facebook
proper noun
  1. The Roman god of the ocean and of earthquakes.
  2. The eighth planet in our solar system, represented in astronomy and astrology by ♆.
nereid Tweet Definition of nereid Like Definition of nereid on Facebook
  1. (Greek mythology) One of 50 sea nymphs who were attendants upon Neptune, and were represented as riding on sea horses, sometimes in human form and sometimes with the tail of a fish.
Nidhogg Tweet Definition of Nidhogg Like Definition of Nidhogg on Facebook
proper noun
  1. a mythological Norse monster
nightmare Tweet Definition of nightmare Like Definition of nightmare on Facebook
  1. A very bad or scary dream.
I had a that I tried to run but could neither move nor breathe.
  1. (figurative) Any bad, miserable, difficult or terrifying situation or experience that arouses severe anxiety, terror or agony.
Cleaning up after identity theft can be a of phone calls and letters.
Nike Tweet Definition of Nike Like Definition of Nike on Facebook
proper noun
  1. Greek goddess of victory and triumph; Athena's companion
nimbus Tweet Definition of nimbus Like Definition of nimbus on Facebook
noun (pl=nimbi, pl2=nimbuses)
  1. A circle of light; a halo.
  2. A gray rain cloud.
nine Tweet Definition of nine Like Definition of nine on Facebook
  1. The digit or figure 9.
  2. (playing cards) Card with 9 pips.
nod Tweet Definition of nod Like Definition of nod on Facebook
  1. an instance of moving one's head as described above
verb (nod, d, ing)
  1. Incline the head up and down, to indicate agreement.
  2. To gradually fall asleep.
numen Tweet Definition of numen Like Definition of numen on Facebook
noun (num, ina)
  1. a divinity, especially a local or presiding god
  • 1965: Where were Secretaries James and Foster and Senator Joseph, those dear daft numina who"d mothered over Oedipa"s so temperate youth? " Thomas Pynchon, The Crying of Lot 49
  • 1985: It was the solid and immovable tabernacle of the living numen whose son he had known, though but briefly and not intimately, in the flesh, and whose message he accepted with all his heart. " Anthony Burgess, Kingdom of the Wicked
  • numina Tweet Definition of numina Like Definition of numina on Facebook
    1. plural of numen
    numinous Tweet Definition of numinous Like Definition of numinous on Facebook
    1. Filled with awe or wonder; feeling that you are in the presence of God or something greater than yourself; spiritual experience.
    All quests are concerned with a numinous object, e.g. the Holy Grail
    nymph Tweet Definition of nymph Like Definition of nymph on Facebook
    1. The larva of certain insects.
    2. (italbrac, Greek & Roman mythology) Any minor female deity associated with water, forests, etc.
    3. A young girl, especially one who inspires lustful feelings.
    Nyx Tweet Definition of Nyx Like Definition of Nyx on Facebook
    proper noun
    1. (greekmyth): The primordial goddess of night, daughter of Chaos.

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