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philomel

[fil-uh-mel] /ˈfɪl əˌmɛl/
noun, Literary.
1.
the nightingale.
Origin of philomel
1350-1400
1350-1400; earlier Philomele, Philomela (< Middle French philomèle) < Latin Philomēla < Greek Philómēla Philomela; replacing Middle English Philomene < Medieval Latin Philomēna, dissimilated variant of Philomēla
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philomel

/ˈfɪləˌmɛl/
noun
1.
poetic names for a nightingale
Word Origin
C14 philomene, via Medieval Latin from Latin philomēla, from Greek
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Word Origin and History for philomel
n.

"nightingale," late 14c., from Greek Philomela, poetic name of the nightingale, in mythology the daughter of Pandion, transformed into a nightingale; probably literally "lover of song," from philos "loving" + melos "a tune, song;" but perhaps "lover of apples" (Greek mela). In the myth, proper name of Pandion's daughter, who was turned into a nightingale (Ovid).

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