A nymph is a minor female nature deity in ancient Greek mythology.
Nymphs are usually associated with fertile, growing things, such as trees, or with water.
They are not immortal but are extremely long-lived and are on the whole kindly disposed toward men.
Nymphs are often divided into various broad subgroups, such as the Oceanids (sea nymphs), the Nereids (saltwater and freshwater nymphs), the Naiads (springs, rivers, and lakes nymphs), the Oreads (mountain nymphs), and the Dryads or Hamadryads (forest and tree nymphs).
Nymphs are typically depicted as beautiful maidens, sometimes with attributes of their natural domain, such as flowers, leaves, shells, or water.
They are often shown dancing, singing, playing musical instruments, or bathing in streams or pools.
They are sometimes accompanied by other nature spirits, such as satyrs, fauns, or Pan.
Nymphs are frequently featured in classic works of art, literature, mythology, and fiction.
Some famous examples of nymphs are Calypso, who detained Odysseus on her island for seven years; Echo, who could only repeat the last words of others; Daphne, who was turned into a laurel tree to escape Apollo's pursuit; and Syrinx, who was transformed into a reed to avoid Pan's advances.
Nymphs are sometimes confused or associated with fairies, which are also supernatural beings of nature in European folklore.
However, nymphs are distinct from fairies in their origin, appearance, and behavior.
Nymphs are derived from Greek mythology, while fairies are mostly influenced by Celtic and Germanic traditions.
Nymphs are usually human-sized and human-like, while fairies are often small and have wings or other animal features.
Nymphs are generally benevolent and helpful to humans, while fairies are more mischievous and unpredictable.
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