a common finch, Fringilla coelebs, of the Old World, often kept as a pet.

1400–50; late Middle English chaffynche, Old English ceaffinc. See chaff1, finch Unabridged
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chaffinch (ˈtʃæfɪntʃ)
a common European finch, Fringilla coelebs, with black and white wings and, in the male, a reddish body and blue-grey head
[Old English ceaffinc, from ceafchaff1 + fincfinch]

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Fringilla cælebs, O.E. ceaffinc, lit. "chaff-finch," so called for its habit of eating waste grain on farms.
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Example sentences
When the chaffinch asks for cobweb she sees that she gets it.
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