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Meaning of nymph

nymph

Pronunciation: (nimf), [key]
— n.
  1. one of a numerous class of lesser deities of mythology, conceived of as beautiful maidens inhabiting the sea, rivers, woods, trees, mountains, meadows, etc., and frequently mentioned as attending a superior deity.
  2. a beautiful or graceful young woman.
  3. a maiden.
  4. the young of an insect that undergoes incomplete metamorphosis.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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