nympholept

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek νυμφόληπτος (numphólēptos, caught by nymphs, frenzied), from νύμφη (númphē) + λαμβάνω (lambánō, I take).

Noun[edit]

nympholept (plural nympholepts)

  1. A person in a state of nympholepsy.
    • 1922, D.H. Lawrence, "The Evening Land":
      Dark faery, / Modern, unissued, instinctive America, / Your nascent faery people / Lurking among the deeps of your industrial thicket, / Allure me till I am beside myself, / A nympholept.