Lorelei

[ lawr-uh-lahy; German loh-ruh-lahy ]
/ ˈlɔr əˌlaɪ; German ˈloʊ rəˌlaɪ /

noun

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.
a female given name.

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Origin of Lorelei

< German, variant of Lurlei, cliff overlooking the Rhine, thought to be the abode of a nymph
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British Dictionary definitions for lorelei

Lorelei
/ (ˈlɒrəˌlaɪ) /

noun

(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 for Lorelei

C19: from German Lurlei name of the rock; from a poem by Clemens Brentano (1778–1842)
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