One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Classical Mythology= "naiad". Compare "naïs". Now rare.
Early 17th century; earliest use found in William Drummond (1585–1649), poet and pamphleteer. From classical Latin Nāid-, Nāis or its etymon ancient Greek Ναϊδ-, Ναΐς, variant of Ναϊάς naiad.
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