2. 区分：lymph, nymph: 从它们的音译词的第一个汉字的发音的边音(l)与鼻音(n)就可以区分开来。
- nymph:  Greek númphē originally meant ‘bride’ (it was related to Latin nūbere ‘take a husband’, source of English connubial and nubile). It subsequently became extended, however, to ‘beautiful young woman’ and ‘female nature spirit, particularly one frequenting water’, and it was in the latter sense that the word first entered English, via Latin nympha and Old French nimphe. The original sense ‘bride’ lies behind nymphomania, coined in the second half of the 18th century.
=> connubial, nubile
- nymph (n.)
- late 14c., "class of semi-divine female beings," from Old French nimphe (13c.), from Latin nympha "nymph, demi-goddess; bride, mistress, young woman," from Greek nymphe "bride, young wife," later "beautiful young woman," then "semi-divine being in the form of a beautiful maiden;" related to Latin nubere "to marry, wed" (see nuptial). Sub-groups include dryads, hamadryads, naiads, nereids, and oreads. Sense in English of "young woman, girl" is attested from 1580s. Meaning "insect stage between larva and adult" is recorded from 1570s. Related: Nymphal; nymphean.
- 1. She fled as if she were a startled nymph.
- 2. The nymph continued her flight with his plea half uttered.
- 3. I used rather to like to fancy her a somewhat quiet and serious, yet fair nymph.
- 4. Echo a nymph, used to be the goddess Juno's servant.
- 5. The nymph do not contain any conventionally picturesque details.
[ nymph 造句 ]