sirens


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus.

Sirens

with song, bird-women lure sailors to death. [Gk. Myth.: Odyssey]

sirens

their singing so sweet, it lured sailors to their death. [Gk. Myth.: Hamilton, 48]
See: Singer
References in classic literature ?
"You haven't heard our sirens sing before?" he said, turning to me with a pleasant smile, and thus we fell into talk of the place and its pleasures.
First you will come to the Sirens who enchant all who come near them.
You must efface either the two sirens or the legend, without which I forbid the exhibition of the sign.
The words seemed to fill the room with an emotion which Katharine connected with the sound of distant wheels, the footsteps hurrying along the pavement, the cries of sirens hooting down the river, the darkness and the wind.
"Aoooo - whoooo - whupp!" went the siren. "Wingle - tingle - tink," went the bell.
In her grey frock, palpitating with life, generous of form, olympian and simple, she was in deed the siren to fascinate that dark navigator, this ruthless lover of the five senses.
...And, above all, shut your ears if you hear the voice singing under the water, the siren's voice!"
Her bid for the heart of him and the soul of him was finer and more generous than the bid of the Game; yet he dallied with both--held her in his arms, but turned his head to listen to that other and siren call she could not understand.
The stricken woman, on her back, drumming her heels on the floor, was shrieking persistently and monotonously, like a mechanical siren. Two women, clutching her under the arms, were dragging her down the aisle.
In describing this Siren, singing and smiling, coaxing and cajoling, the author, with modest pride, asks his readers all round, has he once forgotten the laws of politeness, and showed the monster's hideous tail above water?
My attention was diverted from this death flurry by a furious yelling, like that of the thing called a siren in our manufacturing towns.
"Woman, siren that you are, do you persist in fixing on me that fascinating eye, which reminds me that I ought to blush?