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Philomel Line breaks: Philo|mel
Pronunciation: /ˈfɪləmɛl/
(also Philomela ˌfɪləˈmiːlə) Greek Mythology

Definition of Philomel in English:

The daughter of Pandion, king of Athens. She was turned into a swallow and her sister Procne into a nightingale (or, in Latin versions, into a nightingale with Procne the swallow) when they were being pursued by the cruel Tereus, who had married Procne and raped Philomel.

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