(2 syl.). The water-nymph, who was created without a soul,
like all others of her species. By marrying a mortal she obtained a
soul, and with it all the pains and penalties of the human race. (La
Motte Fouqué: Undine.)
Founded on a tale told by Paracelsus in his Treatise on Elemental
Sprites. (See Fairy, Sylphs.)
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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