- a nymph of the water, as a naiad, a Nereid, or an Oceanid.
- water lily.
- any aquatic plant of the genus Najas, having narrow, opposite leaves.
Origin of water nymph
Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400
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Examples from the Web for water nymph
The eyes of the water-nymph blinked at him through wet-fringed lids.The Mermaid
Arethusa was also the name of a water-nymph inhabiting the spring.
She was a water-nymph and in love with Apollo, who made her no return.The Classic Myths in English Literature and in Art (2nd ed.) (1911)
Charles Mills Gayley
He had evolved the myth of a water-nymph or naiad, and there he stopped.Myth, Ritual And Religion, Vol. 2 (of 2)
“Beware, your Majesty,” murmured the water-nymph, threateningly.
- 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