philomel

or phil·o·me·la

[ fil-uh-mel or fil-uh-mee-luh ]
/ ˈfɪl əˌmɛl or ˌfɪl əˈmi lə /

noun Literary.

the nightingale.

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Origin of philomel

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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British Dictionary definitions for philomel

philomel

philomela (ˌfɪləʊˈmiːlə)

/ (ˈfɪləˌmɛl) /

noun

poetic names for a nightingale

Word Origin for philomel

C14 philomene, via Medieval Latin from Latin philomēla, from Greek
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