PHILOMELA
GENDER: Feminine
OTHER SCRIPTS: Φιλομηλα (Ancient Greek)
Meaning & History
From Greek Φιλομηλα (Philomela) which meant "lover of fruit" from φιλος (philos) "lover, friend" and μηλον (melon) "fruit". The second element has also been interpreted as Greek μελος (melos) "song". In Greek myth Philomela was the sister-in-law of Tereus, who raped her and cut out her tongue. Prokne avenged her sister by killing her son by Tereus, after which Tereus attempted to kill Philomela. However, the gods intervened and transformed her into a nightingale.