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 for Nymph
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  nymph \nymph\ (n[i^]mf), n. [L. nympha nymph, bride, young
     woman, Gr. ny`mfh: cf. F. nymphe. Cf. Nuptial.]
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     1. (Class. Myth.) A goddess of the mountains, forests,
        meadows, or waters.
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              Where were ye, nymphs, when the remorseless deep
              Closed o'er the head of your loved Lycidas?
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     2. Hence: A lovely young girl; a maiden; a damsel.
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              Nymph, in thy orisons
              Be all my sins remembered.            --Shak.
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     3. (Zool.) The pupa of an insect; a chrysalis.
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     4. (Zool.) Any one of a subfamily (Najades) of butterflies
        including the purples, the fritillaries, the peacock
        butterfly, etc.; -- called also naiad.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: (classical mythology) a minor nature goddess usually
           depicted as a beautiful maiden; "the ancient Greeks
           believed that nymphs inhabited forests and bodies of water"
      2: a larva of an insect with incomplete metamorphosis (as the
         dragonfly or mayfly)
      3: a voluptuously beautiful young woman [syn: nymph, houri]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  58 Moby Thesaurus words for "nymph":
     Anlage, Atlantides, Hyades, Napaea, Pleiades, arachnid, arthropod,
     aurelia, beetle, blastula, bug, caterpillar, centipede, chilopod,
     chippy, chrysalis, cocoon, daddy longlegs, diplopod, dryad, embryo,
     fetus, floozy, flower nymph, fly, germ, germen, glen nymph,
     grisette, grub, hamadryad, harvestman, hexapod, insect, larva,
     limoniad, maggot, millepede, millipede, mite, mountain nymph,
     nympha, nymphet, nymphlin, oread, pupa, rudiment, scorpion, spider,
     tarantula, tick, tree nymph, vila, wiggler, willi, wood nymph,
     wriggler, zygote

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