- Classical Mythology. an Athenian princess who was raped by her brother-in-law Tereus and was subsequently avenged and transformed into a nightingale.
- (lowercase) philomel.
- the nightingale.
Origin of philomel
Examples from the Web for philomela
As the boat regained her speed, Philomela Brooks approached him.Philo Gubb Correspondence-School Detective
Ellis Parker Butler
Thereupon Procne became a swallow, and Philomela a nightingale.The Works of Lord Byron, Volume 4
The Philomela as made by Jardine is a melodia with two mouths.The Recent Revolution in Organ Building
George Laing Miller
Why, Philomela, are you complaining of the cruelty of Tereus, the Ismarian tyrant?
The least eccentric orbit in the group is that of Philomela ; the most eccentric that of thra .The Asteroids
- Greek myth an Athenian princess, who was raped and had her tongue cut out by her brother-in-law Tereus, and subsequently was transformed into a nightingaleSee Procne
- poetic names for a nightingale
Word Origin and History for philomela
"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).