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chaffinch

[chaf-inch] /ˈtʃæf ɪntʃ/
noun
1.
a common finch, Fringilla coelebs, of the Old World, often kept as a pet.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English chaffynche, Old English ceaffinc. See chaff1, finch
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chaffinch

/ˈtʃæfɪntʃ/
noun
1.
a common European finch, Fringilla coelebs, with black and white wings and, in the male, a reddish body and blue-grey head
Word Origin
Old English ceaffinc, from ceafchaff1 + fincfinch
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Word Origin and History for chaffinch
n.

Fringilla cælebs, Old English ceaffinc, literally "chaff-finch," so called for its habit of eating waste grain among the chaff on farms. See chaff + finch.

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