|1.||myth a spirit of nature envisaged as a beautiful maiden|
|2.||poetic chiefly a beautiful young woman|
|3.||the immature form of some insects, such as the dragonfly and mayfly, and certain arthropods. Nymphs resemble the adult, apart from having underdeveloped reproductive organs and (in the case of insects) wings, and develop into the adult without a pupal stage|
|[C14: via Old French from Latin, from Greek numphē nymph; related to Latin nūbere to marry]|
Female spirits of classical mythology who lived in forests, bodies of water, and other places outdoors.
Note: By extension, a “nymph” is a beautiful or seductive woman.