Meaning of GOLDFINCH in English


ˈ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ noun

Etymology: Middle English, from Old English goldfinc, from gold + finc finch — more at finch

1. : a small brightly colored European finch ( Carduelis carduelis ) that has the front of the head and throat bright red, the nape with part of the wings and tail black, and the wings marked in bright yellow and that is often kept as a cage bird

2. : yellowhammer 1

3. : any of several small American finches of the genus Spinus typically having the male in summer plumage variably yellow with black wings, tail, and crown

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