Taurus draws on the myth of Io, the nymph who was turned into a snow-white cow.
In three days, it changes to a nymph, and passes six days in this form.
A nymph with bright and flowing hair; a hag like Hecuba, by Jove!
The nymph who ravished Hylas would have controlled her passion had she thought Hercules was coming to forbid it.
But Verelst, scowling at the dial which the legs of the nymph upheld, removed his glasses.
This was the nymph Œnone, whom he had married when a youth and had abandoned for the fatal beauty of Helen.
What answer does the lovelorn swain receive from the nymph he adores?
Contrast with this our modern landscape, from which bit by bit the nymph has been wholly banished.
He tarried so long that the nymph, or whatever it might be, came nearer.
With the golden one he shot Apollo through the heart, with the leaden he shot the nymph Daphne.
late 14c., "class of semi-divine female beings," from Old French nimphe (13c.), from Latin nympha "nymph, demi-goddess; bride, mistress, young woman," from Greek nymphe "bride, young wife," later "beautiful young woman," then "semi-divine being in the form of a beautiful maiden;" related to Latin nubere "to marry, wed" (see nuptial). Sub-groups include dryads, hamadryads, naiads, nereids, and oreads. Sense in English of "young woman, girl" is attested from 1580s. Meaning "insect stage between larva and adult" is recorded from 1570s. Related: Nymphal; nymphean.
The immature form of those insects that do not pass through a pupal stage. Nymphs usually resemble the adults, but are smaller, lack fully developed wings, and are sexually immature. Compare imago, larva, pupa.