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philomel

[ fil-uh-mel ]
/ ˈfɪl əˌmɛl /
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noun Literary.

the nightingale.

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Also phil·o·me·la [fil-uh-mee-luh] /ˌfɪl əˈmi lə/ .

Origin of philomel

1350–1400; earlier Philomele, Philomela (<Middle French philomèle) <Latin Philomēla<Greek PhilómēlaPhilomela; 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
C14 philomene, via Medieval Latin from Latin philomēla, from Greek
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