|1.||a brownish European songbird, Luscinia megarhynchos, with a broad reddish-brown tail: well known for its musical song, usually heard at night|
|2.||any of various similar or related birds, such as Luscinia luscinia (thrush nightingale)|
|[Old English nihtegale, literally: night-singer, from |
Nightingale Night·in·gale (nīt'n-gāl', nī'tĭng-), Florence. 1820-1910.
British nurse who organized (1854) and directed a unit of field nurses during the Crimean War and is considered the founder of modern nursing.