from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Greek Mythology A princess of Athens who, after being raped by her brother-in-law, Tereus, was avenged by her sister, Procne, and was later turned into a swallow or nightingale while fleeing Tereus.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The nightingale; philomel.
- n. A genus of birds including the nightingales.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of oscine passerine birds, the type of which is the nightingale: now usually called Luscinia or Daulias.
Latin Philomēla, from Greek Philomēlē.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)