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goldfinch

[gohld-finch] /ˈgoʊldˌfɪntʃ/
noun
1.
a European finch, Carduelis carduelis, having a crimson face and wings marked with yellow.
2.
any of certain related American finches of the genus Carduelis, as C. tristis, the male of which has yellow body plumage in the summer.
Origin
1000
before 1000; Middle English; Old English goldfinc. See gold, finch
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Examples from the web for goldfinch
  • If it had wings, it would have been a goldfinch or a chickadee.
  • Little bluestem will provide food for goldfinch and other seed-eating birds.
  • goldfinch had in fact settled his account and ignored the insult.
British Dictionary definitions for goldfinch

goldfinch

/ˈɡəʊldˌfɪntʃ/
noun
1.
a common European finch, Carduelis carduelis, the adult of which has a red-and-white face and yellow-and-black wings
2.
any of several North American finches of the genus Spinus, esp the yellow-and-black species S. tristis
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Word Origin and History for goldfinch
n.

from Old English goldfinc; see gold + finch.

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