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water nymph

a nymph of the water, as a naiad, a Nereid, or an Oceanid.
any aquatic plant of the genus Najas, having narrow, opposite leaves.
Origin of water nymph
Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Nymphaea means “water nymph” and refers to the home of the plant.

    Flowers of Mountain and Plain Edith S. Clements
  • Sides were taken, some for, others against, the ankle of the water nymph.


    Seumas O'Kelly
  • Edith was to have danced in the pale greens of a water nymph.

    Love Stories Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • At the wedding of Thetis, a water nymph, all the gods and goddesses except Eris were seated at the banquet.

  • Undine, the foster-daughter of a good old fisherman and his wife, is a water nymph, and as such is born without a soul.

  • The French lyric stage has mounted one of his most delicate inspirations, La Rousalka (the water nymph).

  • "I thought Rosalia was going to turn into a water nymph," said Lilias, comparing notes afterwards with Dulcie.

  • Before having seen the water nymph, he felt drawn to her by an irresistible power.

    Legends of the Rhine Wilhelm Ruland
  • Stooping to see what it was, she picked up the girdle which Proserpine had long ago thrown to the water nymph.

    Children's Literature Charles Madison Curry
British Dictionary definitions for water nymph

water nymph

any fabled nymph of the water, such as the Naiad, Nereid, or Oceanid of Greek mythology
any of various aquatic plants, esp a water lily or a naiad
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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