One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A person affected by nympholepsy.
- ‘The Cave of Archedemos the Nympholept is a small cave near Vari in Attica, Greece.’
- ‘Nabokov also borrowed the term nympholept, a rare, archaic term meaning a person seized by emotional frenzy, as if enchanted by nymphs’
Early 19th century: from Greek numpholēptos ‘caught by nymphs’, from numphē ‘nymph’ + lambanein ‘take’.
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