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[sis-kin] /ˈsɪs kɪn/
any of several small, cardueline finches, especially Carduelis spinus, of Europe.
Compare pine siskin.
1555-65; < Middle Dutch sijsken, equivalent to sijs (< Middle Low German czītze < Slavic; compare Lusatian cyž, Czech číž, Polish czyż siskin, ultimately of imitative orig.) + -ken -kin Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for siskin


a yellow-and-black Eurasian finch, Carduelis spinus
pine siskin, a North American finch, Spinus pinus, having a streaked yellowish-brown plumage
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C16: from Middle Dutch sīseken, from Middle Low German sīsek; related to Czech čižek, Russian chizh
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Encyclopedia Article for siskin

any of about 20 small, brown-streaked birds, marked with yellow, that belong chiefly to the genus Carduelis (including Spinus) of the family Carduelidae (q.v.). Siskins occur from cold northern regions, worldwide, to the Cape of Good Hope and to Cape Horn. All have conical bills and short forked tails. They flock in fields to feed on weeds, and they make wheezy sounds, often in flight. The 11-centimetre (4.5-inch) pine siskin (C. pinus) of North America has yellow wing and tail bars. The common siskin (C. spinus) of Europe has a black cap and yellow-tinged breast.

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