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[green-finch] /ˈgrinˌfɪntʃ/
any finch of the genus Carduelis, of Europe and Asia, having green and yellow plumage, especially C. chloris (European greenfinch)
Origin of greenfinch
1490-1500; green + finch Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The greenfinch is marked, when in flight, by the yellow rump and bright yellow patches at the base of the tail feathers.

    Birds in Flight W. P. Pycraft
  • I hear the greenfinch, stronger and sharper than our goldfinch, but less pleasing.

    Fresh Fields John Burroughs
  • To this writer, then--and there are others to keep him in countenance--the greenfinch as a vocalist ranks lower than the lowest.

  • They looked like an embassy arriving, with greenfinch as their leader.

    Heidi Johanna Spyri
  • The chaffinch, greenfinch, and goldfinch are with us all the year round, keeping each to his favourite haunts.

    Birds in Flight W. P. Pycraft
  • A still smaller bird, a greenfinch, is even more refractory: all that I obtain from him is a few seconds' drowsiness.

  • For instance, the fable of the greenfinch and the Nightingale.

  • The greenfinch and the chaffinch shrieked with derision; the wood-pigeon turned his back and said “Pooh!”

  • The chaffinch, greenfinch, hedge-sparrow, and wren are less common.

    Birds in London W. H. Hudson
  • The greenfinch is soon attracted by hemp seed, and all the smaller birds by canary seed.

    Wild Nature Won By Kindness Elizabeth Brightwen
British Dictionary definitions for greenfinch


a common European finch, Carduelis chloris, the male of which has a dull green plumage with yellow patches on the wings and tail
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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