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Lorelei

[lawr-uh-lahy; German loh-ruh-lahy] /ˈlɔr əˌlaɪ; German ˈloʊ rəˌlaɪ/
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/
noun
1.
(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
Word Origin
C19: from German Lurlei name of the rock; from a poem by Clemens Brentano (1778–1842)
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Word Origin and History for Lorelei

1843, from German, 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. The second element of the name probably is Rhenish dialect lei "cliff, rock;" the first element is perhaps from Middle High German lüren "to lie in wait"

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