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Philomela

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noun Phil·o·me·la \ˌfi-lə-ˈmē-lə\

Definition of Philomela

  1. :  an Athenian princess in Greek mythology raped and deprived of her tongue by her brother-in-law Tereus, avenged by the killing of his son, and changed into a nightingale while fleeing from him



Origin and Etymology of philomela

Latin, from Greek Philomēlē


First Known Use: 14th century

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