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siskin

[sis-kin] /ˈsɪs kɪn/
noun
1.
any of several small, cardueline finches, especially Carduelis spinus, of Europe.
Compare pine siskin.
Origin of siskin
1555-1565
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
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siskin

/ˈsɪskɪn/
noun
1.
a yellow-and-black Eurasian finch, Carduelis spinus
2.
pine siskin, a North American finch, Spinus pinus, having a streaked yellowish-brown plumage
Word Origin
C16: from Middle Dutch sīseken, from Middle Low German sīsek; related to Czech čižek, Russian chizh
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