nymph

[ nimf ]
/ nɪmf /

noun

one of a numerous class of lesser deities of mythology, conceived of as beautiful maidens inhabiting the sea, rivers, woods, trees, mountains, meadows, etc., and frequently mentioned as attending a superior deity.
a beautiful or graceful young woman.
a maiden.
the young of an insect that undergoes incomplete metamorphosis.

Origin of nymph

1350–1400; Middle English nimphe < Latin nympha < Greek nýmphē bride, nymph

Related forms

nymph·al, nym·phe·an [nim-fee-uhn] /ˈnɪm fi ən/, adjectiveun·nymph·al, adjectiveun·nym·phe·an, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for nymph

nymph

/ (nɪmf) /

noun

myth a spirit of nature envisaged as a beautiful maiden
mainly poetic a beautiful young woman
the immature form of some insects, such as the dragonfly and mayfly, and certain arthropods. Nymphs resemble the adult, apart from having underdeveloped reproductive organs and (in the case of insects) wings, and develop into the adult without a pupal stage

Derived Forms

nymphal or nymphean (ˈnɪmfɪən), adjectivenymphlike, adjective

Word Origin for nymph

C14: via Old French from Latin, from Greek numphē nymph; related to Latin nūbere to marry
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Science definitions for nymph

nymph

[ nĭmf ]

The immature form of those insects that do not pass through a pupal stage. Nymphs usually resemble the adults, but are smaller, lack fully developed wings, and are sexually immature. Compare imago larva pupa.
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