philomela

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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Figurative usage of Philomēla, from Ancient Greek Φιλομήλη (Philomḗlē), from φίλος (phílos, love) +‎ μῆλον (mêlon, apple; fruit; sheep), but folk-etymologized since at least Ovid's time as "lover of song".

Pronunciation[edit]

Proper noun[edit]

philomēla f (genitive philomēlae); first declension

  1. (literary zoology, originally) The swallow.
  2. (literary zoology, mistakenly) The nightingale.

Inflection[edit]

First declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative philomēla philomēlae
genitive philomēlae philomēlārum
dative philomēlae philomēlīs
accusative philomēlam philomēlās
ablative philomēlā philomēlīs
vocative philomēla philomēlae

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