E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Nereids (2 syl.).
Sea-nymphs, daughter of Nereus (2 syl.), fifty in number.
Nereids or Nereids (4 syl.). Seanymphs. Camoens, in his Lusiad, gives the names of threeDoto, Nyse, and Nerine; but he has spiritualised their office, and makes them the sea-guardians of the virtuous. They went before the fleet of Gama, and when the treacherous pilot supplied by Zacecia, King of Mozambique, 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.)