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siren Latin Siren, from Greek Seiren

In Greek mythology, one of a group of creatures having the heads and sometimes the breasts and arms of women but otherwise the forms of birds that were believed to lure mariners to destruction by their sweet singing.

Sirens appear in many works of literature, including Homer's Odyssey, Dante's The Divine Comedy, and the Argonautica of Apollonius of Rhodes.

CompareHarpy; Lorelei; mermaid.

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Publication:Merriam Webster's Encyclopedia of Literature
Date:Jan 1, 1995
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