Nightingale vs Lark - What's the difference?

nightingale | lark |

As a noun nightingale

is a european songbird, luscinia megarhynchos , of the family muscicapidae.

As a proper noun lark is

, from lark as a byname or for a catcher and seller of larks.




(en noun)
  • A European songbird, Luscinia megarhynchos , of the family Muscicapidae.
  • Synonyms

    * philomel

    See also

    * thrush nightingale



    Alternative forms

    * (l), (l)

    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) larke, laverke, from (etyl) ), of unknown ultimate origin with no known cognates outside of Germanic.


    (en noun)
  • Any of various small, singing passerine birds of the family Alaudidae .
  • Any of various similar-appearing birds, but usually ground-living, such as the meadowlark and titlark.
  • One who wakes early; one who is up with the larks.
  • Synonyms
    * (one who wakes early) early bird, early riser
    * woodlark, skylark, magpie-lark, horned lark, sea lark, crested lark, shorelark


    (en verb)
  • To catch larks.
  • to go larking

    Etymology 2

    Origin uncertain, either * from a northern English dialectal term (lake)/), with an intrusive -r- as is common in southern British dialects; or * a shortening of (skylark) (1809), sailors' slang, "play roughly in the rigging of a ship", because the common European larks were proverbial for high-flying; Dutch has a similar idea in .


    (en noun)
  • A romp, frolic, some fun.
  • (Charles Dickens)
  • A prank.
  • Synonyms
    * whim, especially in phrase on a whim
    Derived terms
    * on a lark


    (en verb)
  • To sport, engage in harmless pranking.
  • To frolic, engage in carefree adventure.
  • References

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