Φιλομήλη

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Ancient Greek[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From φίλος (phílos, love) + μῆλον (mêlon, apple; fruit; sheep), but folk-etymologized since at least the time of Ovid as + μέλος (mélos, song).

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Proper noun[edit]

Φιλομήλη (Philomḗlēf (genitive Φιλομήλης); first declension

  1. Philomela, a Greek female given name, particularly (mythology) the sister of Procne who was raped and mutilated by her brother-in-law Tereus.
  2. (literary zoology, originally) The swallow.
  3. (literary zoology, later) The nightingale.

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References[edit]

  • Woodhouse, S. C. (1910) English–Greek Dictionary: A Vocabulary of the Attic Language[1], London: Routledge & Kegan Paul Limited, page 1,021