nymph

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Nymph of a mantis.

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

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  • (UK, US) IPA(key): /ˈnɪmf/
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nymph (plural nymphs or nymphæ)

Hylas and the Nymphs by John William Waterhouse, 1896
  1. (Greek, Roman) Any female nature spirit associated with water, forests, grotto, wind, etc.
  2. A young girl, especially one who is attractive, beautiful or graceful.
    Synonyms: lolita, nymphet, nymphette
  3. (entomology) The larva of certain insects.
    Synonyms: instar, naiad
  4. (entomology) Any of various butterflies of the family Nymphalidae.

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