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undine Line breaks: un¦dine
Pronunciation: /ˈʌndiːn/

Definition of undine in English:

noun

A female spirit or nymph imagined as inhabiting water.
Example sentences
  • The elements were inhabited by spirits - the air by sylphs, the water by nymphs or undines, the earth by gnomes, the fire by salamanders.
  • Rilleta thought she saw the undine leaping among the water drops, her face alive as a fox's with mischief.
  • You can be anything that you wish, such as an undine or elf.

Origin

Early 19th century: from modern Latin undina (a word invented by Paracelsus), from Latin unda 'a wave'.

Words that rhyme with undine

iodine

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