Definition of nympha
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1.
LNS
nympha, nymphae
nympha, nymphe
νύμφη
noun (f., 1st declension)
  1. A bride, a mistress
  2. A young woman
  3. demi-goddesses, who inhabit the sea, rivers, fountains, woods, trees, and mountains
  4. nymphs
  5. water
  6. A fountain
Abbreviations
nympha, ae, and nymphē, ēs (dat. plur. NYMPHABVS, Inscr. Orell. 1629; NYMFABVS, ib. 1630; NYMPHIS, ib. 1627; 1630 sq.), f., = νύμφη. A bride, a mistress, Ov. H. 1, 27; Tib. 3, 1, 21 (al. merita).

— A young woman: se quoque nympha tuis ornavit Iardanis armis, Ov. H. 9, 103.

— Nymphae, demi-goddesses, who inhabit the sea, rivers, fountains, woods, trees, and mountains; nymphs: Nymphae, genus amnibus unde est, Verg. A. 8, 71; 10, 551; Ov. M. 5, 540: Nympha Maenalis, i. e. Carmenta, the mother of Evander, id. F. 1, 634: Nymphae Libethrides, the Muses, Verg. E. 7, 21: vocalis Nymphe, Echo, Ov. M. 3, 357. Vows were made to the fountain-nymphs in cases of sickness or of drought, Cic. N. D. 3, 17, 43; Inscr. Orell. 1631 sq.

— Transf., water (poet.): et cadit in patulos Nympha Aniena lacus, Prop. 3, 16 (4, 15), 4.

— A fountain, Mart. 6, 43, 2.

— The pupa or nymph of an insect: alius evolat, alius in nymphā est, alius in vermiculo, Plin. 11, 21, 24, § 71; 11, 16, 16, § 48.
 
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