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in zoology: see insectinsect,
invertebrate animal of the class Insecta of the phylum Arthropoda. Like other arthropods, an insect has a hard outer covering, or exoskeleton, a segmented body, and jointed legs. Adult insects typically have wings and are the only flying invertebrates.
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nymph

(nĭmf), in Greek mythology, female divinity associated with various natural objects. It is uncertain whether they were immortal or merely long-lived. There was an infinite variety of nymphs. Some represented various localities, e.g., acheloids, or nymphs of the River Achelous; others were identified with the part of nature in which they dwelled, e.g., oreads, or mountain nymphs; and still others were associated with a particular function of nature, e.g., hamadryads, or tree nymphs, whose lives began and ended with that of a particular tree. Nymphs were represented as young, beautiful, musical, amorous, and gentle, although some were associated with the wilder aspects of nature and were akin to satyrs; others were vengeful and capable of destruction, as in the story of DaphneDaphne
, in Greek mythology, a nymph. She was loved by Apollo and by Leucippus, a mortal who disguised himself as a nymph to be near her. When Leucippus betrayed his sex while bathing, the nymphs tore him to pieces.
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. Other important nymphs were naiads, nymphs of streams, rivers, and lakes; nereids, daughters of Nereus, who lived in the depths of the Mediterranean Sea; dryads, tree nymphs; and oceanids, 3,000 ocean nymphs who were the daughters of Oceanus. ArethusaArethusa
, in Greek mythology, nymph favored by Artemis and loved by the river god Alpheus. While Arethusa was bathing in his stream, Alpheus rose up and tried to abduct her, but she fled under the ocean to the isle of Ortygia. There Artemis changed her into a fountain.
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, ThetisThetis
, in Greek mythology, a nereid, mother of Achilles. She was loved by both Zeus and Poseidon, but because of a prophecy that her son would be greater than his father, the gods gave her in marriage to a mortal, Peleus.
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, CalypsoCalypso
, nymph, daughter of Atlas, in Homer's Odyssey. She lived on the island of Ogygia and there entertained Odysseus for seven years. Although she offered to make him immortal if he would remain, Odysseus spurned the offer and continued his journey.
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in Greek mythology, mountain nymph. She assisted Zeus in one of his amorous adventures by distracting Hera with her chatter. For this Hera made her unable to speak except to repeat another's last words.
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 were famous nymphs. The nymphs' cult was widespread in Greece.

Nymph

 

a stage in the development of arthropods with incomplete transformation, that is, without clearly expressed metamorphosis. The nymph stage characterizes mites, all apterygote insects, and such winged insects as roaches, earwigs, orthopterans, termites, and hemipterans. The corresponding stage in stone flies, mayflies, dragonflies, and damselflies. is called the naiad. The nymph resembles the adult form but has underdeveloped sexual apparatus and, in winged insects, underdeveloped wings. After molting many times the nymph becomes an imago, a fully mature individual.

nymph

[nimf]
(invertebrate zoology)
Any immature larval stage of various hemimetabolic insects.

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Atlantides
(Pleiades) seven daughters of Atlas by Pleione. [Gk. Myth.: Zimmerman, 37]
Camenae
fountain nymphs; identified with Greek Muses. [Rom. Myth.: Zimmerman, 49]
dryads
divine maidens of the woods. [Gk. and Rom. Myth.: Wheeler, 108]
hamadryads
wood nymphs. [Gk. Myth.: Howe, 113]
Hyades
seven daughters of Atlas, entrusted with the care of the infant Dionysus. [Gk. Myth.: Howe, 134]
limoniads
nymphs of meadows and flowers. [Gk. Myth.: Zimmerman, 152]
naiads
divine maidens of lakes, streams, and fountains. [Gk. and Rom. Myth.: Wheeler, 256]
Napaeae
nymphs of woodland glens and vales. [Rom. Myth.: Howe, 174]
Nereids
sea nymphs of the Mediterranean. [Gk. and Rom. Myth.: Wheeler, 257]
Oceanids
sea nymphs of the great oceans. [Gk. and Rom. Myth.: Wheeler, 263]
oreads
divine maidens of the mountains. [Gk. and Rom. Myth.: Wheeler, 270]

nymph

1. Myth a spirit of nature envisaged as a beautiful maiden
2. the larva of insects such as the dragonfly and mayfly. It resembles the adult, apart from having underdeveloped wings and reproductive organs, and develops into the adult without a pupal stage
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Tell me, you naughty sea nymphs, have you enticed her under the sea?
O, no, good Mother Ceres," said the innocent sea nymphs, tossing back their green ringlets, and looking her in the face.
Ceres scarcely waited to hear what the nymphs had to say, before she hurried off to make inquiries all through the neighborhood.
But young people's tears have very little saltness or acidity in them, and do not inflame the eyes so much as those of grown persons; so that it is not to be wondered at, if, a few moments afterwards, Proserpina was sporting through the hall almost as merrily as she and the four sea nymphs had sported along the edge of the surf wave.
Papermill Fishery 07814 741252 Black blob, buzzer, blue flash damsel nymph and cat's whisker have been the successful fly patterns although Liam Morris caught his three rainbows weighing 10.
01), or [approximately equal to]1 infected nymph per 3,226 collected nymphs.
Mark Rylatt from Blyth had a lovely 5lb 4oz caught on a buzzer and veteran of the Lakes im Sullivan took a 6lb 5oz on an orange-tailed damsel nymph.
For predatory potential estimation nymph and adult of Lipaphis erysimi, Myzus persicae, Brevicoryne brassicae, while Ist and 2nd instars of worms were used as prey.
I will argue that Nymphomania's staying power as a term is due to the image of the nymph and her mythic ambiguity, as both victim and threat.
On Friday night the Russian Ballet Moscowia will fill the Curium Ancient Theatre in Limassol with the pitter-patter of the ballet steps to Nymph Nefeli.
To catch them just before the hatch is due to start, you should be fishing a wet fly or a nymph such as a March brown spider or a partridge and orange.
Though Thessaly in more associated with Nymph lore than any other part of Greece, little physical evidence of the cult remains, he says, so the Karapla cave constitutes a crucial resource for studying Thessalonian religion.