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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun 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 Century Dictionary.

  • noun A genus of oscine passerine birds, the type of which is the nightingale: now usually called Luscinia or Daulias.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The nightingale; philomel.
  • noun (Zoöl.) A genus of birds including the nightingales.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Latin Philomēla, from Greek Philomēlē.]

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