Banshee vs Siren - What's the difference?
As a noun banshee
is banshee (in irish folklore, a female spirit).
In Irish folklore, a female spirit, usually taking the form of a woman whose mournful wailing warns of an impending death.
(derogatory) A noisy or ill-tempered woman.
* 1936 , , Steps Going Down , page 15:
- Where's this old banshee that runs the place?
* A banshee was originally merely a fairy woman who sang a caoineadh (lament) for recently-deceased members of certain families. Translations of Irish works into English made a distinction between the banshee and other fairy folk that the original language and original stories do not seem to have, but from whence sprung the current image of the banshee.
* sirene (dated or archaic)
(original sense ) (Greek mythology) One of a group of nymphs who lured mariners to their death on the rocks.
A device, either mechanical or electronic, that makes a piercingly loud sound as an alarm or signal, or the sound from such a device.
A musical instrument, one of the few aerophones in the percussion section of the symphony orchestra.
A dangerously seductive woman.
A common name for salamanders of Siren and Sirenidae.
A common name for mammals of Sirenia .
* siren song
To make a noise with, or as if with, a siren.
Relating to or like a siren.