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night·in·gale

 (nīt′n-gāl′, nī′tĭng-)
n.
1. 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.
2. Any of various other songbirds of the genus Luscinia.

[Middle English, from Old English nihtegale : niht, night; see night + galan, to sing; see ghel- in Indo-European roots.]

nightingale

(ˈnaɪtɪŋˌɡeɪl)
n
1. (Animals) a brownish European songbird, Luscinia megarhynchos, with a broad reddish-brown tail: well known for its musical song, usually heard at night
2. (Animals) any of various similar or related birds, such as Luscinia luscinia (thrush nightingale)
[Old English nihtegale, literally: night-singer, from night + galan to sing]

Nightingale

(ˈnaɪtɪŋˌɡeɪl)
n
(Biography) Florence, known as the Lady with the Lamp. 1820–1910, English nurse, famous for her work during the Crimean War. She helped to raise the status and quality of the nursing profession and founded a training school for nurses in London (1860)

night•in•gale

(ˈnaɪt nˌgeɪl, ˈnaɪ tɪŋ-)

n.
any of several small Old World birds of the thrush subfamily, esp. Luscinia megarhynchos, of Europe, noted for the melodious song of the male, often heard at night.
[1200–50; Middle English nightyngale, nightegale, Old English nihtegale, c. German Nachtigall, literally, night singer (compare Old English galan sing; akin to yell)]

Night•in•gale

(ˈnaɪt nˌgeɪl, ˈnaɪ tɪŋ-)

n.
Florence, 1820–1910, English nurse and hospital reformer.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.nightingale - European songbird noted for its melodious nocturnal songnightingale - European songbird noted for its melodious nocturnal song
thrush - songbirds characteristically having brownish upper plumage with a spotted breast
genus Luscinia, Luscinia - nightingales
bulbul - nightingale spoken of in Persian poetry
2.nightingale - English nurse remembered for her work during the Crimean War (1820-1910)Nightingale - English nurse remembered for her work during the Crimean War (1820-1910)

nightingale

noun
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collective noun watch
Translations
بُلْبُل
славей
slavík
nattergal
etelänsatakieli
fülemülecsalogány
næturgali
luscinia
lakštingala
lakstīgala
privighetoare
slávik
slavec
соловей

nightingale

[ˈnaɪtɪŋgeɪl] Nruiseñor m

nightingale

[ˈnaɪtɪŋgeɪl] nrossignol m

nightingale

nNachtigall f

nightingale

[ˈnaɪtɪŋˌgeɪl] nusignolo

nightingale

(ˈnaitiŋgeil) , ((American) -tən-) noun
a type of small bird with a beautiful song.
References in classic literature ?
From her nest in the holm-oak tree the Nightingale heard him, and she looked out through the leaves, and wondered.
Here at last is a true lover," said the Nightingale.
Here indeed is the true lover," said the Nightingale.
The discourse turned at present, as before, on love; and Mr Nightingale again expressed many of those warm, generous, and disinterested sentiments upon this subject, which wise and sober men call romantic, but which wise and sober women generally regard in a better light.
But when Mr Nightingale was asked, he delivered a very different opinion.
A NIGHTINGALE, sitting aloft upon an oak and singing according to his wont, was seen by a Hawk who, being in need of food, swooped down and seized him.
Jorindel turned to see the reason, and beheld his Jorinda changed into a nightingale, so that her song ended with a mournful /jug, jug/.
Poor Jorindel saw the nightingale was gone-- but what could he do?
And he had also a nightingale which could sing as if all the beautiful melodies in the world were shut up in its little throat.
Let us see first what is in the other casket before we begin to be angry,' thought the Emperor, and there came out the nightingale.
And furthermore, the Prince had a nightingale, who could sing in such a manner that it seemed as though all sweet melodies dwelt in her little throat.
So the nightingale came forth and sang so delightfully that at first no one could say anything ill-humored of her.