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nightingale

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noun night·in·gale \ˈnī-tən-ˌgāl, -tiŋ-\

Simple Definition of nightingale

  • : a small brown European bird that sings a beautiful song especially at night

Full Definition of nightingale

  1. :  an Old World thrush (Luscinia megarhynchos syn. Erithacus megarhynchos) noted for the sweet usually nocturnal song of the male; also :  any of various other birds noted for their sweet song or for singing at night


Nightingale

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biographical name Night·in·gale \ˈnī-tən-ˌgāl, -tiŋ-\

Definition of Nightingale

  1. Florence 1820–1910 Eng. nurse & philanthropist




NIGHTINGALE Defined for Kids

nightingale

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noun night·in·gale \ˈnī-tən-ˌgāl\

Definition of nightingale

  1. :  a reddish brown European bird noted for the sweet song of the male usually heard at night





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