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 Neptu’nian or Nep’tunist.Ne’reus (2 syl.) 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Ne’reids (2 syl.).
 
Sea-nymphs, daughter of Nereus (2 syl.), fifty in number.   1
   Nereids or Nere’ids (4 syl.). Seanymphs. Camoens, in his Lusiad, gives the names of three—Doto, Nyse, and Neri’ne; but he has spiritualised their office, and makes them the sea-guardians of the virtuous. They went before the fleet of Ga’ma, and when the treacherous pilot supplied by Zacec’ia, King of Mozam’bique, steered the ship of Vasco da Gama towards a sunken rock, these guardian nymphs pressed against the prow, lifting it from the water and turning it round. The pilot, looking to see the cause of this strange occurrence, beheld the rock which had nearly proved the ruin of the whole fleet (bk. ii.)   2
 


 Neptu’nian or Nep’tunist.Ne’reus (2 syl.) 

 
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