Lorelei

Lorelei

[lawr-uh-lahy; German loh-ruh-lahy]
noun
1.
a quasilegendary nymph of the Rhine who lured sailors to shipwreck on her rock by singing: a creation of Clemens Brentano in a poem of 1800.
2.
a female given name.

Origin:
< German, variant of Lurlei, cliff overlooking the Rhine, thought to be the abode of a nymph

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Lorelei (ˈlɒrəˌlaɪ)
 
n
(in German legend) a siren, said to dwell on a rock at the edge of the Rhine south of Koblenz, who lures boatmen to destruction
 
[C19: from German Lurlei name of the rock; from a poem by Clemens Brentano (1778--1842)]

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lorelei
1878, name of a rock in the River Rhine near Koblenz, Germany. In legend, a lovely woman sat atop it and sang while combing her long blond hair, distracting sailors so their ships foundered on the rock and they drowned.
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