nightingale

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Nightingale

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English nightingale, niȝtingale, alteration (with intrusive n) of nightegale, from Old English nihtegala, nihtegale ‎(nightingale; night-raven, literally night-singer), from Proto-Germanic *nahtigalǭ ‎(nightingale), equivalent to night +‎ gale. Cognate with Saterland Frisian Noachtegoal ‎(nightingale), Dutch nachtegaal ‎(nightingale), German Low German Nachtigall ‎(nightingale), German Nachtigall ‎(nightingale), Danish nattergal ‎(nightingale), Swedish näktergal ‎(nightingale), Icelandic næturgali ‎(nightingale).

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nightingale ‎(plural nightingales)

  1. A European songbird, Luscinia megarhynchos, of the family Muscicapidae.

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