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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

nymphnɪmf(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.

    Category: Mythology

  2. a beautiful or graceful young woman.

  3. the young of an insect that undergoes incomplete metamorphosis.

    Category: Entomology

Origin of nymph:

1350–1400; ME nimphe < L nympha < Gk nýmphē bride, nymph

nymph′al-fi ən(adj.)

nym′phe•an-fi ən(adj.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. nymph(noun)

    (classical mythology) a minor nature goddess usually depicted as a beautiful maiden

    "the ancient Greeks believed that nymphs inhabited forests and bodies of water"

  2. nymph(noun)

    a larva of an insect with incomplete metamorphosis (as the dragonfly or mayfly)

  3. nymph, houri(noun)

    a voluptuously beautiful young woman

Wiktionary

  1. nymph(Noun)

    The larva of certain insects.

  2. nymph(Noun)

    Any minor female deity associated with water, forests, grotto, etc.

  3. nymph(Noun)

    A young girl, especially one who inspires lustful feelings.

  4. Origin: From nimphe, from nympha, from νύμφη. Possibly cognate with nubile (from Latin, from common Proto-Indo-European source), but this is disputed.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Nymph(noun)

    a goddess of the mountains, forests, meadows, or waters

  2. Nymph(noun)

    a lovely young girl; a maiden; a damsel

  3. Nymph(noun)

    the pupa of an insect; a chrysalis

  4. Nymph(noun)

    any one of a subfamily (Najades) of butterflies including the purples, the fritillaries, the peacock butterfly, etc.; -- called also naiad

Freebase

  1. Nymph

    A nymph in Greek mythology is a minor female nature deity typically associated with a particular location or landform. There are 5 different types of nymphs, Celestial Nymphs, Water Nymphs, Land Nymphs, Plant Nymphs and Underworld Nymphs. Different from goddesses, nymphs are generally regarded as divine spirits who animate nature, and are usually depicted as beautiful, young nubile maidens who love to dance and sing; their amorous freedom sets them apart from the restricted and chaste wives and daughters of the Greek polis. They are believed to dwell in mountains and groves, by springs and rivers, and also in trees and in valleys and cool grottoes. Although they would never die of old age nor illness, and could give birth to fully immortal children if mated to a god, they themselves were not necessarily immortal, and could be beholden to death in various forms. Charybdis and Scylla were once nymphs. Other nymphs, always in the shape of young maidens, were part of the retinue of a god, such as Dionysus, Hermes, or Pan, or a goddess, generally the huntress Artemis. Nymphs were the frequent target of satyrs. They are frequently associated with the superior divinities: the huntress Artemis; the prophetic Apollo; the reveller and god of wine, Dionysus; and rustic gods such as Pan and Hermes.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Nymph

    The immature stage in the life cycle of those orders of insects characterized by gradual metamorphosis, in which the young resemble the imago in general form of body, including compound eyes and external wings; also the 8-legged stage of mites and ticks that follows the first moult.


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

nymph(noun)

a goddess or spirit of the rivers, trees etc.

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