from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. See nymph.
  • n. The labia minora.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A nymph.
  • n. Each of the labia minora.
  • n. Each of a pair of processes in certain bivalves, to which the ends of the external ligament are attached.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Same as nymph, 3.
  • n. Two folds of mucous membrane, within the labia, at the opening of the vulva.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In entomology, a nymph, pupa, or chrysalis.
  • plural In anatomy, the labia minora or lesser lips of the vulva; a pair of folds of mucous membrane on the inner side of the labia majora, united over the clitoris.
  • In conchology, an impression behind the umbones of a bivalve shell, surmounted by an external ligament.
  • In zoology:
  • A genus of bivalve mollusks.
  • A genus of reptiles.
  • A genus of lepidopterous insects.


Latin, from Greek numphē.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin nympha, from Ancient Greek νύμφη ("bride, nymph"). (Wiktionary)


  • In this line the double value of the word nympha -- used by classical poets both in the meaning of fountain and in that of the divinity of a fountain, or spring -- reminds one of that graceful playing with words which Japanese poets practice.

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  • Birds include rare white-bellied black woodpecker (Dryocopus javensis), fairy pitta (Pitta nympha), and ring-necked pheasant (Phasianus colchicus torquatus).

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  • Birds include fairy pitta (Pitta nympha), and ring-necked pheasant (Phasianus colchicus torquatus).

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  • It is possible that _Ascre_ is correct, although its use would be strange so close to _Ascra_ in 34: Ovid certainly used both _nympha_ and _nymphe_ (_Her_ IX 103; _Met_ III 357).

    The Last Poems of Ovid

  • Meursius is of opinion, that the Greeks borrowed their notion of these divinities from the Phœnicians, for _nympha_, in their language, signifying _soul_, the Greeks imagined that the souls of the ancient inhabitants of Greece had become Nymphs; particularly that the souls of those who had inhabited the woods were called Dryads; those who inhabited the mountains, Oreădes; those who dwelt on the sea-coasts,

    Roman Antiquities, and Ancient Mythology For Classical Schools (2nd ed)

  • These insects, during the stage of egg, larva, and nympha, live in water, and afterwards, as developed insects, in the air.

    Birth Control A Statement of Christian Doctrine against the Neo-Malthusians

  • According to John Knott, the French traveler, Le Vaillant, said that the more coquettish among the Hottentot girls are excited by extreme vanity to practice artificial elongation of the nympha and labia.

    Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine

  • Recently, before the New York Academy of Medicine, Collier 14.200 reported a case of pregnancy in a woman presenting nympha-infibulation.

    Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine

  • She suffered a wound on the internal surface of the left nympha 1 1/2 inch long and 1/2 inch deep.

    Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine

  • Morgagni describes a supernumerary left nympha, and Petit is accredited with seeing a case which exhibited neither nymphæ, clitoris, nor urinary meatus.

    Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine


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