nymph


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nymph \nymph\ (n[i^]mf), n. [L. nympha nymph, bride, young
   woman, Gr. ny`mfh: cf. F. nymphe. Cf. Nuptial.]
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   1. (Class. Myth.) A goddess of the mountains, forests,
      meadows, or waters.
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            Where were ye, nymphs, when the remorseless deep
            Closed o'er the head of your loved Lycidas?
                                                  --Milton.
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   2. Hence: A lovely young girl; a maiden; a damsel.
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            Nymph, in thy orisons
            Be all my sins remembered.            --Shak.
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   3. (Zool.) The pupa of an insect; a chrysalis.
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   4. (Zool.) Any one of a subfamily (Najades) of butterflies
      including the purples, the fritillaries, the peacock
      butterfly, etc.; -- called also naiad.
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