Philomela

noun
Phil·​o·​me·​la | \ ˌfi-lə-ˈmē-lə How to pronounce Philomela (audio) \

Definition of Philomela

: 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

First Known Use of Philomela

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Philomela

Latin, from Greek Philomēlē

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“Philomela.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Philomela. Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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