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[uhn-deen, uhn-deen] /ʌnˈdin, ˈʌn din/
any of a group of female water spirits described by Paracelsus.
Origin of undine
< New Latin undīna (1658; coined by Paracelsus), equivalent to Latin und(a) wave, water + -īna -ine1
See sylph. Unabridged
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  • The longer Huldbrand sought undine beneath the shades of night, and failed to find her, the more anxious and confused he became.

    Undine Friedrich de la Motte Fouque
  • Then there is undine, but she only appears on the operatic stage, and that but rarely.

    From a Terrace in Prague Lieut.-Col. B. Granville Baker
  • For Arborine loved him, and, like her sister undine in the North, found her soul in loving him.

  • Here he captured two transports and a light-draught called the undine.

  • undine is an exquisite creation of the imagination, and universally regarded as a masterpiece in this department of literature.

  • For the rest, undine daily felt more love for the fair maiden.

    Undine Friedrich de la Motte Fouque
  • Paces to and fro, mechanically putting things in order; sees undine's handkerchief on the ground, and picks it up.

    The Black Cat John Todhunter
  • What, then, dear undine, did the master of the fountain wish to say to you?

    Undine Friedrich de la Motte Fouque
  • Each girl is a compromiser, undine being the boldest; she did a lot of shifting and indulged in much cowardly evasion.

    Ivory Apes and Peacocks James Huneker
  • undine, faint and pale as death, turned from the parents to Bertalda, from Bertalda to the parents.

    Undine Friedrich de la Motte Fouque
British Dictionary definitions for undine


any of various female water spirits
Word Origin
C17: from New Latin undina, from Latin unda a wave
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for undine

1821, from Modern Latin Undina (1650s), coined by Paracelsus ("De Nymphis") for a water spirit in his alchemical system, from Latin unda "a wave" (see water). Popularized by German romance "Undine, eine Erzählung" (1811) by Baron F.H.C. La Motte Fouqué. Undinism (1928) was coined by sex researcher Havelock Ellis to describe the fetish for urine (which Ellis had); nowadays it would be called urophilia.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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