philomel [fil′ə mel΄]
[altered (infl. by L) < ME Philomene < ML Philomena, for L Philomela: see PHILOMELA]
old poet. term for NIGHTINGALE

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(Luscinia philomela)

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  • Philomel — (French Philomle ; German Philomele or Stahlgeige ) is the name of a musical instrument similar to the violin, but having four steel, wire strings. The philomel has a body with incurvations similar to those of the guitar; therefore, without… …   Wikipedia

  • Philomel — Phil o*mel, n. Same as {Philomela}, the nightingale. [Poetic] Milton. Cowper. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • philomel — late 14c., from Gk. Philomela, poetic name of the nightingale, probably lover of song, from philos loving + melos song; but perhaps lover of apples (Gk. mela). In the myth, proper name of Pandion s daughter, who was turned into a nightingale… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Philomel — noun Etymology: Latin Philomela Philomela, nightingale Date: 1579 nightingale …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • philomel — /fil euh mel /, n. Literary. the nightingale. Also, philomela. [1350 1400; earlier Philomele, Philomela ( < MF philomèle) < L Philomela < Gk Philómela PHILOMELA; r. ME Philomene < ML Philomena, dissimilated var. of PHILOMELA] * * * …   Universalium

  • philomel — noun the nightingale …   Wiktionary

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  • philomel — n. nightingale …   English contemporary dictionary

  • philomel — (G). A nightengale …   Dictionary of word roots and combining forms

  • philomel — n.; (also philomela) Nightingale (Luscinia philomela) …   New dictionary of synonyms