- (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
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Examples from the Web for wood nymph
"You can't be a wood-nymph if you have to wear rubbers," was her decision.Anne Of Avonlea
Lucy Maud Montgomery
Not one word had Durnford breathed to Lavendale about his wood-nymph.Mohawks, Volume 1 of 3
Mary Elizabeth Braddon
She climbs like a wood-nymph and she will not let me go with her.Snnica
Vicente Blasco Ibez
There, perhaps, was worshipped some wood-nymph, or some river-god.'Henrietta Temple
The dean did not leave the saddle, but let the animal take him to the Wood-nymph.Tell Me Another Story
Carolyn Sherwin Bailey
- one of a class of nymphs fabled to inhabit the woods, such as a dryad
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