wood nymph

  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.

Origin of wood nymph

First recorded in 1570–80
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Examples from the Web for wood nymph

Historical Examples of 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.


    Vicente Blasco Ibez

  • There, perhaps, was worshipped some wood-nymph, or some river-god.'

    Henrietta Temple

    Benjamin Disraeli

  • The dean did not leave the saddle, but let the animal take him to the Wood-nymph.

    Tell Me Another Story

    Carolyn Sherwin Bailey

British Dictionary definitions for wood nymph

wood nymph

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