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wood nymph

(especially in legend) a nymph of the woods; dryad.
a brown satyr butterfly, Minois alope, having a broad yellow band and black-and-white eyespots on each front wing.
any of several Central and South American hummingbirds, especially of the genus Thalurania.
Origin of wood nymph
First recorded in 1570-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • "I'd rather see one than a wood nymph," one of them declared.

    Our Little Finnish Cousin Clara Vostrovsky Winlow
  • Here a maid, garbed as a wood nymph, appeared leading a swan which wore the collar of the Golden Fleece and a porcupine.

    Charles the Bold Ruth Putnam
  • Sylvia was a wood nymph in a fashionable dress; Woodville, a faun in Bond Street clothes.

    The Twelfth Hour

    Ada Leverson
  • Through the hush, the gleeman began to sing the "Romance of King Offa," the king who married a wood nymph for dear love's sake.

    The Ward of King Canute Ottilie A. Liljencrantz
  • Emerging from the deep shadow of the trees was what looked to their astonished and unprepared eyes a vision of some wood nymph.

  • Perhaps we shall awaken a wood nymph and teach her to become a mortal maid.

  • When he had first seen Cynthia among the willows by Coniston Water, he had thought her a wood nymph.

    Coniston, Complete Winston Churchill
  • Lance-straight and slender, his wood nymph waded knee deep through the ferns.

    The Vision Spendid William MacLeod Raine
  • Over these they laid the bark, and covered the whole with green boughs, till a bower was formed worthy of a wood nymph.

    Silent Struggles

    Ann S. Stephens
  • She would never understand this talk of forgetting that one was not a wood nymph.

British Dictionary definitions for wood nymph

wood nymph

one of a class of nymphs fabled to inhabit the woods, such as a dryad
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