Definition of wood nymph in US English:

wood nymph


  • 1(in folklore and classical mythology) a nymph inhabiting woodland, especially a dryad or hamadryad.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I also like to serenade the wood nymphs with my lyre.’
    • ‘From here she finds herself transported to the snow-covered world of Narnia, the land of wood nymphs and water sprites, kill-joy witches and the royal lion king Aslan, with eyes that are ‘both good and terrible at the same time’.’
    • ‘On the phone, she sounded like a coy little wood nymph.’
    • ‘These advocates should be ostracized by the scientific community, just as we would ostracize someone who claims to be researching the natural behavior of wood nymphs and faeries.’
    • ‘A beautiful woman - supposedly a wood nymph - stood partly in the shadows, with moonlight streaming down upon her.’
    • ‘According to Greek myth, a nubile young wood nymph named Echo spied young Narcissus walking in the woods.’
    • ‘He sits under a tree, panting, and suddenly is visited by a wood nymph!’
    • ‘The Greeks believed that every tree had its wood nymph and ever river had its river god.’
    • ‘The water nymphs, hearing Narcissus' farewell, began to weep, and the wood nymphs did, too.’
    • ‘Change the cut of her gown a little, and she could have been a wood nymph of the tales of old.’
    • ‘There was a familiarity about her, this princess, this wood nymph, a familiarity he couldn't express or identify.’
    • ‘Those were the wood nymphs and Pan, friends of mine.’
    • ‘All characters are Asian, and the wood nymphs wear kimonos.’
    • ‘The wood nymph was his love, her spirit re-born and illuminated to him; he smiled and saw her anew.’
    sprite, sylph, water nymph
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  • 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

    • ‘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.’
  • 3A 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)

    • ‘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.’


wood nymph

/ˈwo͝od ˌnimf/