nymph

noun
\ ˈnim(p)f How to pronounce nymph (audio) \

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 sense 2) metamorphosis (see metamorphosis sense 2) that differs from the imago (see imago sense 1) especially in size and in its incompletely developed wings and genitalia

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Other Words from nymph

nymphal \ ˈnim(p)-​fəl How to pronounce nymphal (audio) \ 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

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Crawfish, which resemble miniature freshwater lobsters, can muddy streams and lakes and kill off the dragonfly nymphs that consume mosquito larvae. Vanessa Hua, SFChronicle.com, "Tastes like trout?," 4 Sep. 2019 Thanks to air hoses, these nymphs can stay submerged for a 30-minute performance. CBS News, "A tale of mermaids," 11 Aug. 2019 Young grasshoppers, called nymphs, are shiny black with either a yellow or orange streak on the back. Adriana Brasileiro, orlandosentinel.com, "Monster grasshoppers swarm Everglades," 19 July 2019 Stink bugs take advantage of the moist weather and lush weed cover to produce large numbers of nymphs and adults. Calvin Finch, ExpressNews.com, "How to stop the bugs eating your tomatoes, peaches," 21 June 2019 In their final pre-adult stage, the nymphs take on a red coloration. Adrian Higgins, Washington Post, "‘This is going to be a bad one’: A new pest is causing quarantines in Va. and Pa.," 26 June 2019 Some gardeners mention pyrethrum as an option for the nymphs, but for the adults, malathion and Sevin are the effective options. Calvin Finch, ExpressNews.com, "How to stop the bugs eating your tomatoes, peaches," 21 June 2019 There are fairies and nymphs, unicorns, harpies, giants, ogres, trolls, Gollums and dragons. Patti Restivo, baltimoresun.com, "'Pip-Pip The Dragon' at Howard Community College delivers magic that is out of this world," 14 June 2019 Photo: Saulius Gugis Spittlebug nymph, magnified five times, is seen in its bubble house. Daniela Hernandez, WSJ, "From Tears to Spider Embryos: Photos Reveal World’s Microscopic Wonders," 12 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of nymph

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for nymph

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

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nymph

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English Language Learners Definition of nymph

in stories : a spirit in the shape of a young woman who lives in mountains, forests, meadows, and water
technical : a young insect that has almost the same form as the adult

nymph

noun
\ ˈnimf How to pronounce nymph (audio) \

Kids Definition of nymph

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

nymph

noun
\ ˈnim(p)f How to pronounce nymph (audio) \

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

Other Words from nymph

nymphal \ ˈnim(p)-​fəl How to pronounce nymphal (audio) \ adjective

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