distelfink

distelfink

[dis-tl-fingk]
noun
a stylized bird motif traditional in Pennsylvania German art.

Origin:
standard German spelling for Pennsylvania German dischdelfink goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis), equivalent to dischdel thistle + fink finch

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distelfink
Pa. Dutch ornamental bird design, from Ger., "goldfinch," lit. "thistle-finch," from O.H.G. distilvinko, from distil "thistle" (see thistle) + O.H.G. finco "finch," from PIE *(s)ping- "sparrow, finch." So called because the bird feeds on thistle seeds.
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