Gmc. Folklore a siren whose singing on a rock in the Rhine lures sailors to shipwreck on the reefs: originally a character in literature
Origin of LoreleiGerman altered by C. Brentano (1778-1842), German poet, after Lurlei, name of the rock (prob. literally , “ambush cliff”) ; from Middle High German luren, to watch, lower + lei, a cliff, rock
A siren of Germanic legend whose singing lures sailors to shipwreck.
From the Lorelei rock on the Rhine, which was haunted by one of these creatures according to German legend.