In Greek mythology, nymphs are nature entities in the form of nubile women associated with a particular landform or location. Nymphs tended to frequent areas distant from humans, but could be encountered by lone travelers outside the village, where their music might be heard, and the traveler could spy on their dancing or bathing in a stream or pool either during the noon heat or in the middle of the night. Such encounters could be dangerous, bringing dumbness, besotted infatuation, madness or stroke to the unfortunate spectator.
Modern usage of the word "nymph" often refers to flirtatious or promiscuous women.
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