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Philomela

[ fil-uh-mee-luh ]

noun

  1. Classical Mythology. an Athenian princess who was raped by her brother-in-law Tereus and was subsequently avenged and transformed into a nightingale.
  2. (lowercase) philomel.


Philomela

/ ˌfɪləʊˈmiːlə /

noun

  1. See Procne
    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 nightingale See Procne


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Example Sentences

Philomela's song makes the silence round us seem deeper and more calm.

The Greek Philomela has acquired this popular form, and in use is often shortened to Filom.

Philomela was changed, at her own prayer, into a nightingale that she might escape the vengeance of her brother-in-law Tereus.

At the same time, we find legends of Medea and Philomela, though neither of these are mentioned in the Balade.

Orpheus was changed into a swan; Philomela into a nightingale; and Jenny, in due time, will be changed into an angel.

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