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nightingale, common name for a migratory Old World bird of the family Turdidae (thrush family), celebrated for its vocal powers. The common nightingale of England and Western Europe, Luscinia megarhynchos, is about 61/2 in. (16.3 cm) long, reddish-brown above and grayish-white below. It winters in Africa and reaches England about mid-April. Its famous song is delivered only by the male during the breeding season, at any time of day or night. A larger species is found in Eastern Europe. The bulbul, a prodigious songster of Persian literature, was once thought to be a nightingale but has been identified with another family; the Virginia nightingale is a grosbeak; and the Pekin, or Japanese, nightingale belongs to the babbler family. Nightingales are classified in the phylum Chordata, subphylum Vertebrata, class Aves, order Passeriformes, family Turdidae.

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night·in·gale / ˈnītnˌgāl; ˈnīting-/ • n. a small European thrush with drab brownish plumage, noted for the rich melodious song of the male, heard esp. at night in breeding season. • Luscinia megarhynchos, subfamily Turdinae, family Muscicapidae.

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nightingale ME. nihtingale (XIII). alt. of nihtegale, OE. nihtegala (nehte-, næhte-, etc.) = OS., OHG. nahta-, nahtigala (Du. nachtegaal, G. nachtigall). ON. nætrgali; f. Gmc. *naxt(i)- NIGHT + *ʒalan sing (see YELL).

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nightingale Migratory Old World songbird of the thrush family (Turdidae). The common nightingale of England and Western Europe (Luscinia megarhynchos) is ruddy-brown with light grey underparts. Length: c.16.5cm (6.5in).

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nightingale. Imitative toy instr. used in an oratorio by A. Scarlatti, in Leopold Mozart's Toy Symphony, and in Crosse's Play Ground.

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nightingale noted for its beautiful singing. in Greek mythology, Philomela was transformed into a nightingale.

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