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nymph

 (nĭmf)
n.
1. Greek & Roman Mythology Any of numerous minor deities represented as beautiful maidens inhabiting and sometimes personifying features of nature such as trees, waters, and mountains.
2. A sexually mature and attractive young woman.
3.
a. The immature form of an insect, such as a grasshopper, that does not pass through a pupal stage during metamorphosis. Nymphs resemble adults but are smaller and lack fully developed wings.
b. The eight-legged immature form of certain arachnids, such as ticks and mites.

[Middle English nimphe, from Old French, from Latin nympha, from Greek numphē.]

nymph′al (nĭm′fəl) adj.

nymph

(nɪmf)
n
1. (European Myth & Legend) myth a spirit of nature envisaged as a beautiful maiden
2. chiefly poetic a beautiful young woman
3. (Zoology) the immature form of some insects, such as the dragonfly and mayfly, and certain arthropods. Nymphs resemble the adult, apart from having underdeveloped reproductive organs and (in the case of insects) wings, and develop into the adult without a pupal stage
[C14: via Old French from Latin, from Greek numphē nymph; related to Latin nūbere to marry]
ˈnymphal, nymphean adj
ˈnymphlike adj

nymph

(nɪmf)

n.
1. any of a class of lesser deities in classical mythology, conceived of as beautiful young women inhabiting the sea, rivers, trees, or mountains.
2. a beautiful or graceful young woman.
3. the young of an insect that undergoes incomplete metamorphosis.
[1350–1400; Middle English nimphe < Latin nympha < Greek nýmphē bride, nymph]
nymph′al, nym′phe•an (-fi ən) adj.

nymph

(nĭmf)
The immature form of those insects that do not pass through a pupal stage. Nymphs usually resemble the adults, but are smaller, lack fully developed wings, and are sexually immature. Compare imago, larva, pupa.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.nymph - (classical mythology) a minor nature goddess usually depicted as a beautiful maidennymph - (classical mythology) a minor nature goddess usually depicted as a beautiful maiden; "the ancient Greeks believed that nymphs inhabited forests and bodies of water"
classical mythology - the system of mythology of the Greeks and Romans together; much of Roman mythology (especially the gods) was borrowed from the Greeks
Graeco-Roman deity, Greco-Roman deity - a deity of classical mythology
Echo - (Greek mythology) a nymph who was spurned by Narcissus and pined away until only her voice remained
Atlantides, Hesperides - (Greek mythology) group of 3 to 7 nymphs who guarded the golden apples that Gaea gave as a wedding gift to Hera
Hyades - (Greek mythology) 7 daughters of Atlas and half-sisters of the Pleiades; they nurtured the infant Dionysus and Zeus placed them among the stars as a reward
Oread - (Greek mythology) one of the mountain nymphs
Pleiades - (Greek mythology) 7 daughters of Atlas and half-sisters of the Hyades; placed among the stars to save them from the pursuit of Orion
Asterope, Sterope - (Greek mythology) one of the 7 Pleiades
water nymph - (Greek mythology) any nymph of the water
Daphne - (Greek mythology) a nymph who was transformed into a laurel tree to escape the amorous Apollo
dryad, wood nymph - a deity or nymph of the woods
Salmacis - nymph who merged with Hermaphroditus to form one body
2.nymph - a larva of an insect with incomplete metamorphosis (as the dragonfly or mayfly)
larva - the immature free-living form of most invertebrates and amphibians and fish which at hatching from the egg is fundamentally unlike its parent and must metamorphose
3.nymph - a voluptuously beautiful young womannymph - a voluptuously beautiful young woman
adult female, woman - an adult female person (as opposed to a man); "the woman kept house while the man hunted"
Translations
حورِيَّه
nymfa
nymfe
nimfa
nÿmfa, dís
nimfa
nimfa
nimfă
nymfa
perisu/orman vb. perisi

nymph

[nɪmf] Nninfa f

nymph

[ˈnɪmf] nnymphe f

nymph

n
(Myth) → Nymphe f
(Zool) → Nymphe f

nymph

[nɪmf] nninfa

nymph

(nimf) noun
a goddess or spirit of the rivers, trees etc.
References in periodicals archive ?
Electra's answer, however, registers her association with the Argive nymphai (married women) who will undertake the dance in Hera's honor.
Further, Electra's parthenic stasis precludes her from taking part in the worship of Hera among Argive parthenikai or nymphai.
Geraistai Nymphai Genethliai and the Hill of the Nymphs," DeUoi 11, pp.