cardueline

cardueline

[kahr-joo-ee-lin]
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to the passerine subfamily Carduelinae, including the goldfinches, siskins, canaries and crossbills.
noun
2.
any bird of the subfamily Carduelinae.

Origin:
< Neo-Latin Carduelinae, equivalent to Carduel(is) genus name (Latin: goldfinch, derivative of carduus thistle) + -inae -inae

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