[ fil-uh-mee-luh ]
/ ˌfɪl əˈmi lə /


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.

Definition for philomela (2 of 2)


or phil·o·me·la

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

noun Literary.

the nightingale.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for philomela (1 of 2)

/ (ˌfɪləʊˈmiːlə) /


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

British Dictionary definitions for philomela (2 of 2)


philomela (ˌfɪləʊˈmiːlə)

/ (ˈfɪləˌmɛl) /


poetic names for a nightingale

Word Origin for philomel

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