A nymph (
Greek: νύμφη, nýmphē
Greek mythology and in
Latin mythology is a minor female nature deity typically associated with a particular location or landform. Different from other
goddesses, nymphs are generally regarded as divine spirits who animate nature, and are usually depicted as beautiful, young
nubile maidens who love to dance and sing; their amorous freedom sets them apart from the restricted and
chaste wives and daughters of the Greek
polis. They are beloved by many and dwell in mountainous regions and forests by lakes and streams. Although they would never die of old age nor illness, and could give birth to fully
immortal children if mated to a god, they themselves were not necessarily immortal, and could be beholden to death in various forms.
Scylla were once nymphs.
Other nymphs, always in the shape of young maidens, were part of the
retinue of a god, such as
Pan, or a goddess, generally the huntress
 Nymphs were the frequent target of