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undine

[uhn-deen, uhn-deen] /ʌnˈdin, ˈʌn din/
noun
1.
any of a group of female water spirits described by Paracelsus.
Origin of undine
< New Latin undīna (1658; coined by Paracelsus), equivalent to Latin und(a) wave, water + -īna -ine1
Synonyms
See sylph.
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undine

/ˈʌndiːn/
noun
1.
any of various female water spirits
Word Origin
C17: from New Latin undina, from Latin unda a wave
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Word Origin and History for undine
n.

1821, from Modern Latin Undina (1650s), coined by Paracelsus ("De Nymphis") for a water spirit in his alchemical system, from Latin unda "a wave" (see water). Popularized by German romance "Undine, eine Erzählung" (1811) by Baron F.H.C. La Motte Fouqué. Undinism (1928) was coined by sex researcher Havelock Ellis to describe the fetish for urine (which Ellis had); nowadays it would be called urophilia.

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