Origin of nightingaleMiddle English nigtingale, for earlier nihtegale from Old English (akin to German nachtigall) from niht, night + base of galan, to sing, akin to giellan, yell
any of various small European thrushes (genus Luscinia) with a russet back and buff to white underparts: the male is known for its varied, melodious singing, esp. at night during the breeding season
1820-1910; Eng. nurse in the Crimean War: regarded as the founder of modern nursing
- A songbird (Luscinia megarhynchos) of Eurasia and Africa with reddish-brown plumage, noted for the melodious song of the male during the breeding season, most often heard at night.
- Any of various other songbirds of the genus Luscinia.
Origin of nightingaleMiddle English from Old English nihtegale niht night ; see night . galan to sing ; see ghel-1 in Indo-European roots.
nightingale - Medical Definition
Florence Known as 1820–1910
British nurse who organized and directed a unit of field nurses during the Crimean War (1853–1856) and is considered the founder of modern nursing.
- To Miss Nightingale this proved the trumpet-call of duty.
- Florence Nightingale handed me an enclosed cup with a straw.
- From this sprang the Lyrical Ballads, to which Coleridge contributed The Ancient Mariner, the Nightingale and two scenes from Osorio, and after much cogitation the book was published in 1798 at Bristol by Cottle, to whose reminiscences, often indulging too much in detail, we owe the account of this remarkable time.
- His future eminence as a poet was foretold when a nightingale perched upon his lips and sang (Pliny, Nat.
- In 1905 a lease of Nightingale, Inaccessible and Gough islands, for the purpose of working the guano deposits, was granted by the British government.