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phil·o·mel

 (fĭl′ə-mĕl′)
n.
A nightingale.

[Alteration (influenced by French philomèle) of Middle English phylomene, from Medieval Latin philomēna, from Latin Philomēla, Philomela; see Philomela.]

philomel

(ˈfɪləˌmɛl) or

philomela

n
(Animals) poetic names for a nightingale
[C14 philomene, via Medieval Latin from Latin philomēla, from Greek]

night•in•gale

(ˈnaɪt nˌgeɪl, ˈnaɪ tɪŋ-)

n.
any of several small Old World birds of the thrush subfamily, esp. Luscinia megarhynchos, of Europe, noted for the melodious song of the male, often heard at night.
[1200–50; Middle English nightyngale, nightegale, Old English nihtegale, c. German Nachtigall, literally, night singer (compare Old English galan sing; akin to yell)]

Night•in•gale

(ˈnaɪt nˌgeɪl, ˈnaɪ tɪŋ-)

n.
Florence, 1820–1910, English nurse and hospital reformer.
References in classic literature ?
"And if you can stand Philomel's cooking," he went on, "though I might try to get her mother while you are here.
Mariequita thought that perhaps Philomel's mother might come for a few days, and money enough.
"Run and find Philomel's mother," Victor instructed the girl.
This done, she sang and carolled out so clear, That men and angels might rejoice to hear; Even wondering Philomel forgot to sing, And learned from her to welcome in the Spring."
(Philomel, $17.99, 9780525514121, eBook available, ages 4 to 8), which introduces readers to a diverse group of kids who are building a community garden while talking to each other about their different abilities.
But she also published a kid's book: Superheroes Are Everywhere (Philomel).
Philomel Books, 2018, pp32, 12.99 [pounds sterling]
Love from a Stranger started life as the short story Philomel Cottage, published in 1934 and adapted for the stage by actor Frank Vosper a few years later.