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- 2an immature form of an insect that does not change greatly as it grows, e.g., a dragonfly, mayfly, or locust. Compare with larva.
- 3a mainly brown butterfly that frequents woods and forest glades.
- Several genera in the subfamily Satyrinae, family Nymphalidae. See also wood nymph
late Middle English: from Old French nimphe, from Latin nympha, from Greek numphē 'nymph, bride'; related to Latin nubere 'be the wife of'