Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Relating to nymphs; nymphean.
- In zoology, of or pertaining to a nymph or nympha: as, the nymphal stage of an insect.
- n. A fanciful name given by Drayton to the ten divisions (nymphals) of his poem “The Muses' Elysium.”
- n. In botany, a member of one of Lindley's alliances, the Nymphales, which includes the Nymphæaceæ. Nelumbiaceæ, etc.
- adj. of or pertaining to a nymph or nymphs
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Of or pertaining to a nymph or nymphs; nymphean.
“In the final nymphal instar, they construct an exit tunnel to the surface and emerge.”
“These ads place the blame entirely on the girl and only young, nymphal girls are exploited on the internet!”
“Deer ticks live for two years and have three stages of life – larval, nymphal and adult.”
“The clear implication of this research, say the researchers, is that, as the planet warms, the Upper Midwest could find itself in the same situation as the Northeast: longer gaps between nymphal and larval feeding, and therefore, stronger, more persistent strains of Lyme Disease.”
“But in the Midwest, where there are greater extremes of temperature, there is a shorter window of opportunity for tick feeding, and therefore a shorter gap between nymphal and larval feedings.”
“Dragonfly time is marked by the psychedelically colored adults darting about and abandoned nymphal skins clinging to shoreline vegetation, though you won't find either in big numbers.”
“There they shed the nymphal skin to become airborne.”
“The golden stonefly of the Pacific Northwest and the Quill Gordon mayfly of the East both shed their nymphal husks on the bottom and swim to the surface as emergent adults.”
“Slice the hackle of a dry fly at an angle to make it ride low and on its side, cut off the tail to make its abdomen sink, remove one wing, or cut them both to stubs to imitate an insect stuck in its nymphal shuck.”
“And not just the nymphal deer tick but the nymphal deer tick that was somewhat filled with human blood, in other words, it had been feeding for a couple of days or more.”
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