Lorelei

noun
Lo·​re·​lei | \ ˈlȯr-ə-ˌlī How to pronounce Lorelei (audio) \

Definition of Lorelei

: a siren of Germanic legend whose singing lures Rhine River boatmen to destruction on a reef

First Known Use of Lorelei

1865, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Lorelei

German

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“Lorelei.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Lorelei. Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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