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wood nymph

(especially in legend) a nymph of the woods; dryad.
a brown satyr butterfly, Minois alope, having a broad yellow band and black-and-white eyespots on each front wing.
any of several Central and South American hummingbirds, especially of the genus Thalurania.
Origin of wood nymph
1570-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • No subtle Neapolitan ever stirred me as this wood-nymph does with her flaming hair and her frank eyes.

    The Proud Prince Justin Huntly McCarthy
  • "You can't be a wood-nymph if you have to wear rubbers," was her decision.

    Anne Of Avonlea Lucy Maud Montgomery
  • In an instant, I sprang across a hedge, and fled towards the little valley, light as a wood-nymph flying from a satyr.

    The Heroine Eaton Stannard Barrett
  • There, perhaps, was worshipped some wood-nymph, or some river-god.'

    Henrietta Temple Benjamin Disraeli
  • Overhead,940 Hung a lush scene of drooping weeds, and spread Thick, as to curtain up some wood-nymph's home.

    Endymion John Keats
  • The dean did not leave the saddle, but let the animal take him to the wood-nymph.

    Tell Me Another Story Carolyn Sherwin Bailey
  • At first he seemed unnoticed, but his cattle filed by and the wood-nymph did not lower her pine torch toward any of these.

    Tell Me Another Story Carolyn Sherwin Bailey
  • He had a feeling that he was looking at a wood-nymph who might flash out of his vision as a mere fantasy of the mind.

  • Not one word had Durnford breathed to Lavendale about his wood-nymph.

    Mohawks, Volume 1 of 3 Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  • She was not a wood-nymph of old mythology, but an incarnation of the spirit of youth that all morning had pursued him.

    The Gilded Man Clifford Smyth
British Dictionary definitions for wood-nymph

wood nymph

one of a class of nymphs fabled to inhabit the woods, such as a dryad
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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