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[finch] /fɪntʃ/
any of numerous small passerine birds of the family Fringillidae, including the buntings, sparrows, crossbills, purple finches, and grosbeaks, most of which have a short, conical bill adapted for eating seeds.
any of various nonfringilline birds, especially the weaverbirds of the family Ploceidae and the tropical members of the subfamily Emberizinae.
Origin of finch
before 900; Middle English; Old English finc; cognate with Dutch vink, German Fink; akin to Greek spíngos finch Unabridged
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Examples from the web for finch
  • Even some birds, such as the oxpecker and vampire finch, feed on blood.
  • The finch's beak, the giraffe's neck and sprinter's toes.
  • If you want to know how song changes the shape of a finch's brain, science can help.
  • Barely onto the tarmac, birders have their first sighting: a small ground finch.
  • finch tossed the bag to the side and dropped to the ground.
British Dictionary definitions for finch


any songbird of the family Fringillidae, having a short stout bill for feeding on seeds and, in most species, a bright plumage in the male. Common examples are the goldfinch, bullfinch, chaffinch, siskin, and canary
any of various similar or related birds
adjective fringilline
Word Origin
Old English finc; related to Old High German finko, Middle Dutch vinker, Greek spingos
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Word Origin and History for finch

Old English finc, from Proto-Germanic *finkiz, *finkjon (cf. Middle Low German and Middle Dutch vinke, Dutch vink, Old High German finco, German Fink), perhaps imitative of the bird's note (cf. Breton pint "chaffinch," Russian penka "wren").

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