: an elemental being in the theory of Paracelsus inhabiting water : water nymph

Examples of undine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web An undine is a water nymph who lives for love. Alison Willmore, Vulture, 4 June 2021 An undine is a tragic figure, committed to love on a scale that is grand and alien, while forced to rely on the capriciousness of a fickle human heart. Alison Willmore, Vulture, 4 June 2021 Is this the undine Mélisande emerging from the woods? Laura Jacobs, WSJ, 10 Nov. 2018

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Word History


New Latin undina, from Latin unda wave — more at water

First Known Use

1819, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of undine was in 1819

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Cite this Entry

“Undine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/undine. Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

Medical Definition


: a small glass container used for irrigating the eyes

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