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nightingale

Line breaks: night|in¦gale
Pronunciation: /ˈnʌɪtɪŋˌɡeɪl
 
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Definition of nightingale in English:

noun

A small migratory thrush with drab brownish plumage, noted for its rich melodious song which can often be heard at night.
  • Luscinia megarhynchos, family Turdidae
Example sentences
  • But diet extends to a selection of birds including warblers and even swallows, wheatears and nightingales.
  • In a bit of incredible but completely appropriate timing, the Fisherman sings ‘Oh, God above, how beautiful it is’ as the nightingale's song is heard.
  • Reich had the bird breeder's equivalent of a green thumb, and was known among bird hobbyists for training canaries to sing the song of the nightingale.

Origin

Old English nihtegala, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch nachtegaal and German Nachtigall, from the base of night and a base meaning 'sing'.

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