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nympholept

[nim-fuh-lept] /ˈnɪm fəˌlɛpt/
noun
1.
a person seized with nympholepsy.
Origin of nympholept
1805-1815
1805-15; < Greek nymphólēptos caught by nymphs, equivalent to nýmph(ē) nymph + -o- -o- + lḗptos, verbid of lambánein to seize
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  • Thanks to it—all thanks to it—I did not become a nympholept.

    Lore of Proserpine Maurice Hewlett
British Dictionary definitions for nympholept

nympholept

/ˈnɪmfəˌlɛpt/
noun
1.
a person afflicted by nympholepsy
Word Origin
C19: from Greek numpholēptos caught by nymphs, from numphē nymph + lambanein to seize
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