νύμφη

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Ancient Greek[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Unknown. Attempts have been made to link with Latin nūbō (marry) (English nubile), from Proto-Indo-European *sneubho- (to marry, to wed), but are problematic, not only because of a wide semantic difference, but also because of the internal nasal. Beekes argues for a Pre-Greek origin.

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Noun[edit]

νύμφη (númphē) (genitive νύμφης) f, first declension

  1. bride, young wife
  2. young girl
  3. daughter-in-law
  4. nymph
  5. spring, water
  6. bee or wasp in pupa stage
  7. male ant
  8. clitoris

Inflection[edit]

Epic has vocative singular (probably Doric dialect): νύμφα (númpha).

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Greek[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek νύμφη (númphē, nýmfi)

Noun[edit]

νύμφη (nýmfif (plural νύμφες)

  1. bride
  2. (Greek mythology) nymph, undine, water sprite, water spirit
  3. (zoology) nymph, larva
  4. (zoology) pupa, chrysalis

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