Definition of nymph
1 : any of the minor divinities of nature in classical mythology represented as beautiful maidens dwelling in the mountains, forests, trees, and waters
2 : girl Fair nymphs, and well-dressed youths around her shone … — Alexander Pope
3 : any of various immature insects; especially : a larva of an insect (such as a grasshopper, true bug, or mayfly) with incomplete (see incomplete 2) metamorphosis (see metamorphosis 2) that differs from the imago (see imago 1) especially in size and in its incompletely developed wings and genitalia
nymphalplay \ˈnim(p)-fəl\ adjective
Examples of nymph in a Sentence
she bought the book of fairy tales for the beautiful engravings of nymphs and fairies featured between the stories
the neighborhood nymphs were gathered at the local pizza parlor, checking out the hot guys
Recent Examples of nymph from the Web
Berry Bros. Guide Service reports: Buffalo Shoals has been hot spot; trout good on olive woolly buggers, nymphs, midges, San Juan worms (particularly cerise) and sowbugs.
Prepared Berkley trout bait on a number 10 hook is one of the more effective baits, but the fish also take tiny spoons and spinners as well as an assortment of wet flies, nymphs and streamers in size 8-14.
Adult female ticks need blood to feed their larvae, which become nymphs, and then feed multiple times before becoming adults.
Often faces turned up to address the sky, as with the maenads and nymphs whose shapes in Greek sculpture did so much to inspire Duncan.
More mice means more opportunities for tick nymphs to have their first blood meals.
And tick nymphs, which become active in June and July, are the ones capable of spreading diseases to humans.
Most people infected with Lyme disease are bitten by ticks in the nymph stage, Adam said.
Chavet loves still water and loves to fish it aggressively with streamers and cover water looking for big active fish but is not afraid to switch to dries or nymphs if the situation calls for it.
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NYMPH Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of nymph for English Language Learners
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
NYMPH Defined for Kids
Definition of nymph for Students
1 : one of many goddesses in old legends represented as beautiful young women living in the mountains, forests, and waters
2 : an immature insect that differs from the adult chiefly in being of smaller size and having undeveloped wings
Medical Definition of nymph
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: a mite or tick in the first eight-legged form that immediately follows the last larval molt
3: a nymphal stage in the life cycle of an insect or acarid
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