Nightingale meaning

nītn-gāl, nītĭng-
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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.
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Any of various other songbirds of the genus Luscinia.
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A European songbird, Luscinia megarhynchos, of the family Muscicapidae.
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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.
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(person) 1820-1910; Eng. nurse in the Crimean War: regarded as the founder of modern nursing.
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Origin of nightingale

  • Middle English from Old English nihtegale niht night night galan to sing ghel-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Old English and Middle English nihtgale (“one who sings during the night")

    From Wiktionary