Definition of

Siren

  1. (noun, animal) eellike aquatic North American salamander with small forelimbs and no hind limbs; have permanent external gills
  2. (noun, artifact) an acoustic device producing a loud often wailing sound as a signal or warning
  3. (noun, communication) a warning signal that is a loud wailing sound
  4. (noun, person) a woman who is considered to be dangerously seductive
  5. (noun, person) a sea nymph (part woman and part bird) supposed to lure sailors to destruction on the rocks where the nymphs lived

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Origin of the word Siren

  1. c.1366, "sea nymph who by her singing lures sailors to their destruction," from O.Fr. sereine, from L.L. Sirena, from L. Siren, from Gk. Seiren ["Odyssey," xii.39 ff.], perhaps lit. "binder," from seira "cord, rope." Meaning "device that makes a warning sound" (on an ambulance, etc.) first recorded 1879, in reference to steamboats. Fig. sense … more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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