philomel

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philomel (plural philomels)

  1. (poetic) The nightingale.
    • Shakespeare, Sonnet CII
      As Philomel in summer's front doth sing.
    • Anne Finch, A Nocturnal Reverie
      And lonely Philomel, still waking, sings.
    • Sir Walter Raleigh, The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd
      And Philomel becometh dumb.