nightingale

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A Nightingale

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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.
    • Mary Shelley, chapter 5 in the first part of The Last Man
      The oaks around were the home of a tribe of nightingales

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