siren

You know that loud wailing sound coming up the highway behind you? That's the siren on the police car racing along, lights flashing, chasing a speeder (not you, of course).

The word comes from the Sirens in ancient Greek mythology, the women whose beautiful singing lures sailors to wreck their ships on the rocks. Remember Odysseus, in The Odyssey of Homer? He had his crew plug their ears and then tie him to the mast, so that he could hear the Siren song but not be destroyed by it. Most women won't mind if you call them a siren — meaning they're dangerously beautiful. Who'd object to that?

Primary Meanings of siren

1.
n
a warning signal that is a loud wailing sound
2.
n
a woman who is considered to be dangerously seductive
3.
n
eellike aquatic North American salamander with small forelimbs and no hind limbs; have permanent external gills
Full Definitions of siren
1

n a warning signal that is a loud wailing sound

Type of:
alarm, alarum, alert, warning signal
an automatic signal (usually a sound) warning of danger

n an acoustic device producing a loud often wailing sound as a signal or warning

Type of:
acoustic device
a device for amplifying or transmitting sound
alarm, alarm system, warning device
a device that signals the occurrence of some undesirable event
2

n a woman who is considered to be dangerously seductive

Synonyms:
Delilah, enchantress, femme fatale, temptress
Type of:
adult female, woman
an adult female person (as opposed to a man)
3

n eellike aquatic North American salamander with small forelimbs and no hind limbs; have permanent external gills

Type of:
salamander
any of various typically terrestrial amphibians that resemble lizards and that return to water only to breed

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