A female spirit or nymph imagined as inhabiting water.‘The elements were inhabited by spirits - the air by sylphs, the water by nymphs or undines, the earth by gnomes, the fire by salamanders.’
- ‘Rilleta thought she saw the undine leaping among the water drops, her face alive as a fox's with mischief.’
- ‘You can be anything that you wish, such as an undine or elf.’
- ‘You might see gnomes; they're certainly there, along with undines.’
- ‘Ternora thought briefly that she looked like an undine, but no undine would have looked so disapproving.’
Early 19th century from modern Latin undina (a word invented by Paracelsus), from Latin unda ‘a wave’.
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