Nightingale vs. Mockingbird

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  • Nightingale (noun)

    A European songbird, Luscinia megarhynchos, of the family Muscicapidae.

    "Nightingales have been spotted in this coppice."

    "You sing like a nightingale, sport!"

  • Nightingale (noun)

    A kind of flannel scarf with sleeves, formerly worn by invalids when sitting up in bed.

  • Mockingbird (noun)

    A long-tailed American songbird of the Mimidae family, noted for its ability to mimic calls of other birds.


  • Nightingale (noun)

    A small, plain, brown and gray European song bird (Luscinia megarhynchos syn. Luscinia luscinia). It sings at night, and is celebrated for the sweetness of its song.

  • Nightingale (noun)

    A larger species (Lucinia philomela), of Eastern Europe, having similar habits; the thrush nightingale. The name is also applied to other allied species.

  • Mockingbird (noun)

    A long-tailed gray-and-white songbird of North America (Mimus polyglottos), remarkable for its exact imitations of the notes of other birds. Its back is gray; the tail and wings are blackish, with a white patch on each wing; the outer tail feathers are partly white. Originally its range was confined mostly to the southern states, but by late 19th century it had migrated as far north as New York. The name is also applied to other members of thee same and related genera, found in Mexico, Central America, and the West Indies, such as the blue mockingbird of Mexico, Melanotis caerulescens.

Webster Dictionary
  • Nightingale (noun)

    European songbird noted for its melodious nocturnal song

  • Nightingale (noun)

    English nurse remembered for her work during the Crimean War (1820-1910)

  • Mockingbird (noun)

    long-tailed gray-and-white songbird of the southern United States able to mimic songs of other birds

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