add to your listSave
Gender Feminine
Scripts Φιλομηλα(Ancient Greek)
Pronounced Pron. fil-ə-MEE-lə(English)
  [key · IPA]

Meaning & History

Derived from Greek 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.


Entry updated