A mythical female spirit who lives in the mountains is an example of a nymph.
- Class. Myth. any of a group of minor nature goddesses, represented as young and beautiful and living in rivers, mountains, or trees
- a lovely young woman
- a young woman; maiden: literary or playful usage
- Entomology the young of an insect with incomplete metamorphosis, differing from the adult primarily in size and structural proportions
Origin of nymphMiddle English nimphe ; from Old French ; from Classical Latin nympha ; from Classical Greek nymph?, young wife, spring goddess, hence (poetically) water: see nubile
- Greek & Roman Mythology Any of numerous minor deities represented as beautiful maidens inhabiting and sometimes personifying features of nature such as trees, waters, and mountains.
- A sexually mature and attractive young woman.
- a. The immature form of an insect, such as a grasshopper, that does not pass through a pupal stage during metamorphosis. Nymphs resemble adults but are smaller and lack fully developed wings.b. The eight-legged immature form of certain arachnids, such as ticks and mites.
Origin of nymphMiddle English nimphe, from Old French, from Latin nympha, from Greek numph&emacron;.
(plural nymphs or nymphÃ¦)
- plural form of nymph