WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
nymph /nɪmf/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
    1. Mythologyany of various minor divinities of mythology thought of as beautiful young women living in the sea, a river, a tree, or a mountain.
    1. a beautiful or graceful young woman.
    1. Insectsthe young of an insect.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
nymph  (nimf ), 
    1. Mythologyone of a numerous class of lesser deities of mythology, conceived of as beautiful maidens inhabiting the sea, rivers, woods, trees, mountains, meadows, etc., and frequently mentioned as attending a superior deity.
    1. a beautiful or graceful young woman.
    1. a maiden.
    1. Insectsthe young of an insect that undergoes incomplete metamorphosis.
Etymology:1350–1400; Middle English nimphe Latin nympha Greek nýmphē bride, nymph
nymphal, nym•phe•an  (nimfē ən), 
1 .naiad, nereid, oread, dryad, hamadryad. See sylph. 

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nymph /nɪmf/ n
  1. a spirit of nature envisaged as a beautiful maiden
  2. chiefly poetic a beautiful young woman
  3. 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
Etymology: 14th Century: via Old French from Latin, from Greek numphē nymph; related to Latin nūbere to marry

ˈnymphal, nymphean /ˈnɪmfɪən/ adj ˈnymphlike adj

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