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nymph

 [nimf]
a developmental stage in certain arthropods (e.g., ticks) between the larval form and the adult; it resembles an adult but does not have fully developed wings or genitalia.

nymph

(nimf),
1. The earliest series of stages in metamorphosis following hatching in the development of hemimetabolous insects (for example, locusts); the nymph resembles the adult in many respects, but lacks full wing or genitalia development; it grows through successive instars without any intermediate or pupal stage into the imago or adult form.
See also: incomplete metamorphosis, complete metamorphosis.
2. The third stage in the life cycle of a tick, between the larva and the adult.
[G. nymphē, maiden]

nymph

(nĭmf)
n.
a. The immature form of an insect, such as a grasshopper, that does not pass through a pupal stage during metamorphosis. Nymphs resemble adults but are smaller and lack fully developed wings.
b. The eight-legged immature form of certain arachnids, such as ticks and mites.

nymph′al (nĭm′fəl) adj.

nymph

the immature stages of any EXOPTERYGOTE, such as the mayfly It has compound eyes and mouthparts like the adult, but usually lacks wings (though traces are sometimes present) and is sexually immature. See METAMORPHOSIS, ENDOPTERYGOTE.
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Given its faerian beauty, we might be tempted to start with Lorien, whose mallorn trees with silver bark and gold leaves and white blossoms seem obvious candidates, and whose presiding spirit Galadriel could easily pass for a dryad as the term is conventionally understood.
Whitman's redwoods are happy to die, and the dryads and hamadryads are willing to leave the tree, as they are all somehow magically convinced of the natural supremacy of the human.
Each was dubbed a "Dryad," and each stood for a season as well.
Rollin tried his hand at limericks too, submitting this effort: A puzzler ferociously feral, Whose muzzle puts wizards in peril, Roared jeremiads At druids and dryads While guzzling his beer by the barrel.
The Narnia is a magical world where, humans, fauns, dryads, elves, druids, satyrs, dwarves, witches and sorcerers, evil spirits, minotaurs, goblins, wreaths and of course talking animals, all live in strange harmony.
Those dryads, naiads, and satyrs rolling in threesomes on the ground invoke Morris's New Love Song Waltzes, and the whole third act owes L'Allegro.
These elves, dryads, trolls, dwarves, and the like have never seemed to hate anyone; they're just sort of amoral.
Dances of maidens representing tree nymphs (dryads) were especially common in Artemis' worship as goddess of the tree cult, a role especially popular in the Peloponnese.
His mother, the sea divinity Cyrene, advises him to consult Proteus, who tells Aristaeus that his bees have been killed by the dryads. The nymphs were avenging the death of Eurydice who, while being pursued by Aristaeus, stepped on a snake and died of its bite.
Step inside a magical land, where a group of dryads will sing, dance, fly, squabble and generally entertain your woolly winter socks off.
The "Diwata" series, a consistent favorite of her collectors, seems to beguile and entrance them like naiads and dryads.