nightingale the lady with lamp

Nightingale

[nahyt-n-geyl, nahy-ting-]
noun
Florence ("the Lady with the Lamp") 1820–1910, English nurse: reformer of hospital conditions and procedures; reorganizer of nurse's training programs.
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nightingale (ˈnaɪtɪŋˌɡeɪl)
 
n
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 night + galan to sing]

Nightingale (ˈnaɪtɪŋˌɡeɪl)
 
n
Florence, known as the Lady with the Lamp. 1820--1910, English nurse, famous for her work during the Crimean War. She helped to raise the status and quality of the nursing profession and founded a training school for nurses in London (1860)

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nightingale
O.E. næctigalæ, compound formed in P.Gmc. (cf. Du. nachtegaal, Ger. Nachtigall) from *nakht- "night" (see night) + *galon "to sing," related to O.E. 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.
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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.

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