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  • n. Plural form of nymph.


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  • Young grasshoppers are sometimes called nymphs instead of larvæ.

    The Insect Folk

  • Depends on where you are. for the southeast where I am browns are still srtiking on certain nymphs. you might be able to get a few emergers in as well.

    Fly type

  • I like to think of an hour as the singular of Houri which the Mohammedans call nymphs of paradise, because they were, or are, beautiful-eyed.

    Reveries of a Schoolmaster

  • For that day they sat together and talked of all that had happened in the weary months gone by; but the next morning Ceres mounted her dragon-car for the first time in many, many days, and set forth to the fields to tend the new grain, while Proserpina ran to the seashore and with a happy shout called the nymphs, her old companions, from their seaweed beds.

    Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 2

  • I have often fancied that these local features may have given rise to the idea of nymphs and mermaids, especially at night, when, in the setting sun, the colors fade in vapory exhalations, and the waters seem haunted by the spirits of their own beauty -- pale, tremulous, waiting the vitalizing ray of the morning light.

    Continental Monthly, Vol. 4, No 3, September 1863 Devoted to Literature and National Policy

  • It was evening when I returned again to the Temple of Venus The moon was like a sickle of silver, far away the waves fawned along the shore as though to call the nymphs from the woods; the sun was set; out of the east night was coming.

    Florence and Northern Tuscany with Genoa With Sixteen Illustrations In Colour By William Parkinson And Sixteen Other Illustrations, Second Edition

  • The mock-coaxing of the nymphs might be a parody of the Venusberg scene in Tannhaeuser; and later on there occurs a passage that might be a parody on parts of

    Richard Wagner

  • But the watchful Venus perceived the peril of her Lusians, and calling her nymphs together, beguiled the storm gods until the storm ceased.

    National Epics

  • The mock-coaxing of the nymphs might be a parody of the

    Richard Wagner Composer of Operas

  • Little bees are called nymphs or schadons until they make honey, and then they are called bees: so prayer is named Meditation until it has produced the honey of devotion, and then it is converted into Contemplation.

    Treatise on the Love of God


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