siren

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See also: sirena, sírena, siréna, and sirenas

English[edit]

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Siren with lyre

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English, itself from Middle French sereine (itself from Late Latin sirena) and from Latin Sīrēn, ultimately from Ancient Greek Σειρήν (Seirēn).

Noun[edit]

siren (plural sirens or sirenes)

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  1. (original sense) (Greek mythology) One of a group of nymphs who lured mariners to their death on the rocks.
  2. A device, either mechanical or electronic, that makes a piercingly loud sound as an alarm or signal, or the sound from such a device.
  3. A musical instrument, one of the few aerophones in the percussion section of the symphony orchestra.
  4. A dangerously seductive woman.
  5. A common name for salamanders of Siren and Sirenidae.
  6. A common name for mammals of Sirenia.

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Verb[edit]

siren (third-person singular simple present sirens, present participle sirening, simple past and past participle sirened)

  1. To make a noise with, or as if with, a siren.

Adjective[edit]

siren

  1. Relating to or like a siren.

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References[edit]

  • Webster's Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary, Springfield, Massachusetts, G.&C. Merriam Co., 1967

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