water nymph


: a nymph (such as a naiad, Nereid, or Oceanid) associated with a body of water

Examples of water nymph in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The mythological story of the Roman water nymph Sabrina was written in the 12th century, and a statue depicting her has been on display in Britain since the 1800s. Kyle Melnick, Washington Post, 24 Apr. 2023 The story follows a water nymph who falls in love with a prince and seeks the help of a witch to make her dreams of being human come true. oregonlive, 20 Apr. 2023 Fronting the Fountain of the Naiads, devoted to the water nymphs of Greek mythology, the Anantara Palazzo Naiadi has a storied past. Tony Perrottet, WSJ, 23 Feb. 2023 An undine is a water nymph who lives for love. Alison Willmore, Vulture, 4 June 2021 Petzold has called Afire (the original German title means Red Sky) the second part of a trilogy inspired by the elements that began with Undine, which updated an ancient myth involving a water nymph. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 22 Feb. 2023 Lady in the Water marries the mundane with the mystical when a depressed superintendent (Paul Giamatti) discovers a water nymph (Bryce Dallas Howard) in his building's dreary apartment swimming pool. Sezin Koehler, EW.com, 26 Dec. 2022 While the image of a water nymph is a lovely one, the lymphatic system might be best thought of more prosaically as a complex drainage and purifying system. Avery Hurt, Discover Magazine, 2 July 2021 Paul Giamatti runs a Philadelphia apartment complex and Bryce Dallas Howard is a water nymph who shows up in his pool needing to be protected from a monstrous wolf by the place’s misfit residents. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, 22 July 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of water nymph was in the 14th century

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“Water nymph.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/water%20nymph. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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