from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Greek & Roman Mythology Any of numerous minor deities represented as beautiful maidens inhabiting and sometimes personifying features of nature such as trees, waters, and mountains.
- n. A girl, especially a beautiful one.
- n. The larval form of certain insects, such as silverfish and grasshoppers, usually resembling the adult form but smaller and lacking fully developed wings. Also called nympha.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The larva of certain insects.
- n. Any minor female deity associated with water, forests, grotto, etc.
- n. A young girl, especially one who inspires lustful feelings.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A goddess of the mountains, forests, meadows, or waters.
- n. A lovely young girl; a maiden; a damsel.
- n. The pupa of an insect; a chrysalis.
- n. Any one of a subfamily (Najades) of butterflies including the purples, the fritillaries, the peacock butterfly, etc.; -- called also naiad.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In mythology, one of a numerous class of inferior divinities, imagined as beautiful maidens, eternally young, who were considered as tutelary spirits of certain localities and objects, or of certain races and families, and whose existence depended upon that of the things with which they were identified.
- n. Hence, a young and attractive woman; a maiden; a damsel.
- n. In entomology, the third stage of an insect's transformation, intervening between the larva and the imago; a pupa; a chrysalis; a nympha. See cuts under Termes and Nysius.
- n. In insects which undergo an incomplete metamorphosis, the stage in which the wing-pads appear.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a voluptuously beautiful young woman
- n. (classical mythology) a minor nature goddess usually depicted as a beautiful maiden
- n. a larva of an insect with incomplete metamorphosis (as the dragonfly or mayfly)
The term nymphæ was first applied in the modern sense, according to Bergh, in 1599, by Pinæus, mainly from the influence of these structures on the urinary stream, and he dilated in his _De Virginitate_ on the suitability of the term to designate so poetic
Oh, to be a mangrove nymph is to be of both worlds and neither; oh, how I wished I had been born an ash or yew, oak or maple, and not to suffer these longings!
As he carefully selects a nymph from the rim of his hat, he listens to the stream rushing by him, calling him to wade through her waters and cast his line.
Mercer's Poxyback Baetis nymph is a great imitation of the midget bluewing olive mayflies that hatch in most areas in August.
In its landward migration, the dragon nymph is strictly a pedestrian.
This morning, however, I have performed something of a feat, for I have gone down to Brunnen on foot and by what may be called the back staircase on the mountain, literally the dry bed of an Alpine torrent, fifteen hundred feet down the steepest possible hillside, by the irregular broken rocky steps of the mountain nymph – leaps and plunges.
I only want you to know how the word nymph is used, so that when you see it in reading about insects you will know what it means.
 The word nymph itself means "cloud-maiden," as is illustrated by the kinship between the Greek and the Latin nubes.
During spring and summer more people are active outdoor, and at the same time many black-legged ticks are in a growth stage called a nymph, which is tiny and hard to see.
Rae looked like a wood nymph from the forest where angels grow, Kara was on the express train to blah town, Erin modeled really well but was too cold for Tyra’s liking, and Nicole apparently had “Gollum hands.”