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)



Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.