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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 si·ren /ˈsaɪrən, ||saɪˈrin/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Si·ren n.
 1. Class. Myth. One of three sea nymphs, -- or, according to some writers, of two, -- said to frequent an island near the coast of Italy, and to sing with such sweetness that they lured mariners to destruction.
 Next where the sirens dwell you plow the seas;
 Their song is death, and makes destruction please.   --Pope.
 2. An enticing, dangerous woman.
 3. Something which is insidious or deceptive.
    Consumption is a siren.   --W. Irving.
 4. A mermaid. [Obs.]
 5. Zool. Any long, slender amphibian of the genus Siren or family Sirenidae, destitute of hind legs and pelvis, and having permanent external gills as well as lungs. They inhabit the swamps, lagoons, and ditches of the Southern United States. The more common species (Siren lacertina) is dull lead-gray in color, and becames two feet long.
 6.  Acoustics An instrument for producing musical tones and for ascertaining the number of sound waves or vibrations per second which produce a note of a given pitch. The sounds are produced by a perforated rotating disk or disks. A form with two disks operated by steam or highly compressed air is used sounding an alarm to vessels in fog. [Written also sirene, and syren.]

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Si·ren, a. Of or pertaining to a siren; bewitching, like a siren; fascinating; alluring; as, a siren song.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: a sea nymph (part woman and part bird) supposed to lure
           sailors to destruction on the rocks where the nymphs
           lived; "Odysseus ordered his crew to plug their ears so
           they would not hear the Siren's fatal song"
      2: a woman who is considered to be dangerously seductive [syn:
         enchantress, temptress, Delilah, femme fatale]
      3: a warning signal that is a loud wailing sound
      4: an acoustic device producing a loud often wailing sound as a
         signal or warning
      5: eel-like aquatic North American salamander with small
         forelimbs and no hind limbs; have permanent external gills