WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2014
nymph /nɪmf/USA pronunciation
- any of various minor divinities of mythology thought of as beautiful young women living in the sea, a river, a tree, or a mountain.
- a beautiful or graceful young woman.
- the young of an insect.
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nymph /nɪmf/ n
Etymology: 14th Century: via Old French from Latin, from Greek numphē nymph; related to Latin nūbere to marryˈnymphal, nymphean /ˈnɪmfɪən/ adj ˈnymphlike adj
- a spirit of nature envisaged as a beautiful maiden
- chiefly poetic a beautiful young woman
- 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
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