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wood nymph

noun

  1. (especially in legend) a nymph of the woods; dryad.
  2. a brown satyr butterfly, Minois alope, having a broad yellow band and black-and-white eyespots on each front wing.
  3. any of several Central and South American hummingbirds, especially of the genus Thalurania.


wood nymph

noun

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


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Word History and Origins

Origin of wood nymph1

First recorded in 1570–80

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Example Sentences

The golden arrow he shot into the heart of Apollo; the leaden, into the heart of a young and graceful wood nymph, Daphne.

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

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

Over these they laid the bark, and covered the whole with green boughs, till a bower was formed worthy of a wood nymph.

In an instant, I sprang across a hedge, and fled towards the little valley, light as a wood-nymph flying from a satyr.

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