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nymph

play
noun \ˈnim(p)f\

Simple Definition of nymph

  • in stories : a spirit in the shape of a young woman who lives in mountains, forests, meadows, and water

  • : a young insect that has almost the same form as the adult

Full Definition of nymph

  1. 1 :  any of the minor divinities of nature in classical mythology represented as beautiful maidens dwelling in the mountains, forests, trees, and waters

  2. 2 :  girl

  3. 3 :  any of various immature insects; especially :  a larva of an insect (as a grasshopper, true bug, or mayfly) with incomplete metamorphosis that differs from the imago especially in size and in its incompletely developed wings and genitalia

nymph·al play \ˈnim(p)-fəl\ adjective

Examples of nymph

  1. <she bought the book of fairy tales for the beautiful engravings of nymphs and fairies featured between the stories>

  2. <the neighborhood nymphs were gathered at the local pizza parlor, checking out the hot guys>



Origin of nymph

Middle English nimphe, from Middle French, from Latin nympha bride, nymph, from Greek nymphē — more at nuptial


First Known Use: 14th century

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Medical Dictionary

nymph

play
noun \ˈnim(p)f\

Medical Definition of nymph

  1. 1:  any of various hemimetabolous insects in an immature stage and especially a late larva (as of a true bug) in which rudiments of the wings and genitalia are present; broadly :  any insect larva that differs chiefly in size and degree of differentiation from the imago

  2. 2:  a mite or tick in the first eight-legged form that immediately follows the last larval molt

  3. 3:  a nymphal stage in the life cycle of an insect or acarid

  4. nymph·al \ˈnim(p)-fəl\play adjective




nymph-

combining form

Medical Definition of nymph-

  1. :  nymph :  nymphae <nymphomania>



Variants of nymph-

or nympho- also nymphi-


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