nymph

If you're excited to have spotted a nymph, you must take an interest in attractive young women or in bugs. It's really none of my business either way.

The word nymph comes straight out of Greek mythology, where it described nature spirits in the form of young women usually found in the woods. When you didn't return to the campsite for so long, I thought you'd either been eaten by a bear or run off with a nymph. What do you mean you ran off with a bear? Or were you just out looking for the insect larva kind of nymphs?

Definitions of nymph
  1. noun
    (classical mythology) a minor nature goddess usually depicted as a beautiful maiden
    “the ancient Greeks believed that nymphs inhabited forests and bodies of water”
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    Echo
    (Greek mythology) a nymph who was spurned by Narcissus and pined away until only her voice remained
    Atlantides, Hesperides
    (Greek mythology) group of 3 to 7 nymphs who guarded the golden apples that Gaea gave as a wedding gift to Hera
    Hyades
    (Greek mythology) 7 daughters of Atlas and half-sisters of the Pleiades; they nurtured the infant Dionysus and Zeus placed them among the stars as a reward
    Oread
    (Greek mythology) one of the mountain nymphs
    Pleiades
    (Greek mythology) 7 daughters of Atlas and half-sisters of the Hyades; placed among the stars to save them from the pursuit of Orion
    Asterope, Sterope
    (Greek mythology) one of the 7 Pleiades
    water nymph
    (Greek mythology) any nymph of the water
    Daphne
    (Greek mythology) a nymph who was transformed into a laurel tree to escape the amorous Apollo
    dryad, wood nymph
    a deity or nymph of the woods
    Salmacis
    nymph who merged with Hermaphroditus to form one body
    sea nymph
    (Greek mythology) a water nymph who was the daughter of Oceanus or Nereus
    naiad
    (Greek mythology) a nymph of lakes and springs and rivers and fountains
    hamadryad
    the nymph or spirit of a particular tree
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    Graeco-Roman deity, Greco-Roman deity
    a deity of classical mythology
  2. noun
    a voluptuously beautiful young woman
    synonyms: houri
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    adult female, woman
    an adult female person (as opposed to a man)
  3. noun
    a larva of an insect with incomplete metamorphosis (as the dragonfly or mayfly)
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    larva
    the immature free-living form of most invertebrates and amphibians and fish which at hatching from the egg is fundamentally unlike its parent and must metamorphose
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