nymph

Definition of nymph

Pronunciation: nĭmf
n.1.
1.(Class. Myth.) A goddess of the mountains, forests, meadows, or waters.
Where were ye, nymphs, when the remorseless deep
Closed o'er the head of your loved Lycidas?
- Milton.
2.A lovely young girl; a maiden; a damsel.
Nymph, in thy orisons
Be all my sins remembered.
- Shak.
3.(Zool.) The pupa of an insect; a chrysalis.
4.(Zool.) Any one of a subfamily (Najades) of butterflies including the purples, the fritillaries, the peacock butterfly, etc.; - called also naiad.

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Anlage, Atlantides, Hyades, Napaea, Pleiades, arachnid, arthropod, aurelia, beetle, blastula, bug, caterpillar, centipede, chilopod, chippy, chrysalis, cocoon, daddy longlegs, diplopod, dryad, embryo, fetus, floozy, flower nymph, fly, germ, germen, glen nymph, grisette, grub, hamadryad, harvestman, hexapod, insect, larva, limoniad, maggot, millepede, millipede, mite, mountain nymph, nympha, nymphet, nymphlin, oread, pupa, rudiment, scorpion, spider, tarantula, tick, tree nymph, vila, wiggler, willi, wood nymph, wriggler, zygote
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