Definition of nymph noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//nɪmf//
    ; NAmE NAmE//nɪmf//
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  1. 1 (in ancient Greek and Roman stories) a spirit of nature in the form of a young woman, that lives in rivers, woods, etc.
  2. 2(biology) a young insect that has a body form which compares with that of the adult a dragonfly nymph See related entries: Invertebrates
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French nimphe, from Latin nympha, from Greek numphē ‘nymph, bride’; related to Latin nubere ‘be the wife of’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: nymph