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n 1  :  any of various hemimetabolous insects in an immature stage and esp. a late larva (as of a true bug) in which rudiments of the wings and genitalia are present : broadly  :  any insect larva that differs chiefly in size and degree of differentiation from the imago  2  :  a mite or tick in the first eight-legged form that immediately follows the last larval molt  3  :  a nymphal stage in the life cycle of an insect or acarid nymph*al adj 
Similar sounding terms:  nym·phae  nym·pho 

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