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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 classic literature ?
Every shadowy nook, where seats invited one to stop and rest, was a mass of bloom, every cool grotto had its marble nymph smiling from a veil of flowers and every fountain reflected crimson, white, or pale pink roses, leaning down to smile at their own beauty.
With these she decorated her hair and her young waist, and became a nymph child, or an infant dryad, or whatever else was in closest sympathy with the antique wood.
They went up the great staircase, one step at a time; at the top of it there gleamed at them out of the shadows the figure of a nymph crouching by a fountain, a figure ravishingly beautiful, the flesh warm and glowing with the hues of life.
Lore (two syllables) was a water nymph who used to sit on a high rock called the Ley or Lei (pronounced like our word LIE) in the Rhine, and lure boatmen to destruction in a furious rapid which marred the channel at that spot.
In shadier Bower More sacred and sequesterd, though but feignd, PAN or SILVANUS never slept, nor Nymph, Nor FAUNUS haunted.
The courtyard, formerly open to the sky, was now roofed in with dusty glass; the nymph that had once poured out the water of the fountain was barren and mutilated; and the bath was partly covered in with loose boards, the exposed part accommodating a heap of coals in one corner, a heap of potatoes in another, a beer barrel, some old carpets, a tarpaulin, and a broken canoe.
In vain he sat before paper, attending on inspiration; that heavenly nymph, beyond suggesting the words 'my dear father,' remained obstinately silent; and presently John would crumple up the sheet and decide, as soon as he had 'a good chance,' to carry the money home in person.
which was hidden like the bath of some ancient nymph.
Polyphemus is son to Neptune by the nymph Thoosa, daughter to the sea-king Phorcys; therefore though he will not kill Ulysses outright, he torments him by preventing him from getting home.
They would not be a girl's feelings any longer if they could be put into words," replied the mountain nymph, laughing, but avoiding his eye.
They would not be a girl's feelings any longer if they could be put into words,' replied the mountain nymph, laughing, but avoiding his eye.
And the nymph with the sea-green hair made a courtesy down to the ground, and likewise bade him welcome; so did her sister with the bodice of oaken bark, and she that sprinkled dew-drops from her fingers' ends, and the fourth one with some oddity which I cannot remember.