- (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
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.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