nymph

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Nymph of a mantis.

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From Middle English nimphe, from Old French nimphe, from Latin nympha (nymph, bride), from Ancient Greek νύμφη (númphē, bride).

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nymph (plural nymphs or nymphæ)

Hylas and the Nymphs by John William Waterhouse, 1896
  1. The larva of certain insects.
  2. (Greek & Roman mythology) Any minor female deity associated with water, forests, grotto, etc.
  3. A young girl, especially one who inspires lustful feelings.

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