wood nymph


: a nymph living in woods

called also dryad

Example Sentences

wood nymphs were usually conceived as being both beautiful and amorous
Recent Examples on the Web Imagining oneself as a wood nymph wearing a bold lip and loud peasant dress doesn’t totally ward off unwanted attention. New York Times, 30 July 2021 Sam and Dean discover a wood nymph who is determined to protect her family at any cost. Washington Post, 8 Oct. 2020 Natalie Image, Simone McIntosh, Ashley Dixon, Philip Horst, Laura Krumm and Andrew Manea play assorted wood nymphs and forest denizens. Georgia Rowe, The Mercury News, 10 June 2019 Actors disguised as forest creatures, wood nymphs and deer, scampered about as the 850 students came to step away for one night from the horrific event that rocked all of their young lives. Anne Geggis, Sun-Sentinel.com, 6 May 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1567, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of wood nymph was in 1567

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Cite this Entry

“Wood nymph.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wood%20nymph. Accessed 26 Mar. 2023.

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