Definition of wood nymph in English:

wood nymph

Syllabification: wood nymph

noun

  • 1(In folklore and classical mythology) a nymph inhabiting woodland, especially a Dryad or Hamadryad.
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    • A beautiful woman - supposedly a wood nymph - stood partly in the shadows, with moonlight streaming down upon her.
    • A manipulative wood nymph, Dunphia, competes for the attentions of the impressionable Keano with the pink dolphin god, Fergie.
    • It bounded towards her, revealing a short wood nymph with impossibly tangled grey hair.
  • 2A brown American butterfly of grassy habitats and light woodlands, with large eyespots on the forewings and smaller ones on the hind wings.
    • Genus Cercyonis, subfamily Satyrinae, family Nymphalidae: several species, in particular the widespread C. pegala
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    • I believe they were mostly Harris's checkerspots and wood nymphs, or the like, but there were also the occasional monarchs, swallowtails, and mourning cloaks.
  • 3 (also woodnymph) A dark-colored, green-throated hummingbird, found from Mexico to Argentina.
    • Genus Thalurania, family Trochilidae: several species, including the common wood nymph (T. furcata) and the Mexican wood nymph (T. ridgwayi)
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    • I thought of them years later when I was covered in sweat during a cabin-building spree, and a couple of wood nymphs kept landing on my nose for a drink.

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