Siren (mythology)  

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"Thus they sang, and their songs thrilled me. A great desire came over me to stop and listen to them, and with nods I entreated my comrades to set me free. But they sprang up and bound other cords about me, so that I struggled in vain. Then all the men plied their oars until the water was white with foam, and when we were out of sight of the island and could no longer hear the songs of the Sirens, my men set me free, and I took the wax from their ears."--Odyssey

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In Greek mythology, a siren was one of a group of nymphs who lured mariners to their death on the rocks. By exstension it means a dangerously seductive woman, femme fatale.

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  1. (original sense) (Greek mythology) One of a group of nymphs who lured mariners to their death on the rocks.
  2. A device, either mechanical or electronic, that makes a piercingly loud sound as an alarm or signal, see Siren (noisemaker).
  3. A dangerously seductive woman, femme fatale.

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