nightingale

[ nahyt-n-geyl, nahy-ting- ]SEE DEFINITION OF nightingale
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Though you go to bed with the nightingale, you rise with the lark.

A nightingale was singing somewhere in the elm trees which bordered the garden.

What does the nightingale care for a golden cage when he can get a twig?

It is just the case of Kittermaster, Nightingale, or Scottie, isn't it?

I was indescribably grieved to read of the death of Nightingale.

It appeared that six miles away the nightingale was an unknown fowl.

I don't mind the bonds, and that sort of thing, but there's this Nightingale Cottage.

Fly about as a nightingale, my boy, henceforth and evermore!

The nightingale is a sweet bird, but I like the lark better.

The nightingale is more artistic, but his song is melancholy, he is so sentimental!

WORD ORIGIN

Old English næctigalæ, nihtegale, compound formed in Proto-Germanic (cf. Dutch nachtegaal, German Nachtigall) from *nakht- "night" (see night) + *galon "to sing," related to Old English giellan "yell" (see yell). With parasitic -n- that appeared mid-13c. Dutch nightingale "frog" is attested from 1769. In Japanese, "nightingale floor" is said to be the term for boards that creak when you walk on them.

French rossignol (Old French lousseignol) is, with Spanish ruiseñor, Portuguese rouxinol, Italian rosignuolo, from Vulgar Latin *rosciniola, dissimilated from Latin lusciniola "nightingale," diminutive of luscinia "nightingale."

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