E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Pamphyle (3 syl.).
A sorceress who converted herself into an owl (Apuleius). There was another Pamphyl, the daughter of Apollo, who first taught women to embroider with silk.
In one very remote village lives the sorceress Pamphyl, who turns her neighbours into various animals Lucius, peeping thro a chink in the door [saw] the old witch transform herself into an owl.Pater: Marius the Epicurean, chap. v.