nymph
nymph ymph (n[i^]mf), n. [L. nympha nymph, bride, young woman, Gr. ny`mfh: cf. F. nymphe. Cf. {Nuptial}.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Class. Myth.) A goddess of the mountains, forests, meadows, or waters. [1913 Webster]

Where were ye, nymphs, when the remorseless deep Closed o'er the head of your loved Lycidas? --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. Hence: A lovely young girl; a maiden; a damsel. [1913 Webster]

Nymph, in thy orisons Be all my sins remembered. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. (Zo["o]l.) The pupa of an insect; a chrysalis. [1913 Webster]

4. (Zo["o]l.) Any one of a subfamily (Najades) of butterflies including the purples, the fritillaries, the peacock butterfly, etc.; -- called also {naiad}. [1913 Webster]


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