Definition of siskin in English:


Syllabification: sis·kin
Pronunciation: /ˈsiskin


  • A small songbird related to the goldfinch.
    • Genus Carduelis (and Serinus), family Fringillidae: several species, including the pine siskin (C. pinus) of North America, with dark-streaked plumage, notched tail, and touches of yellow on wings and tail
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    • Seedeaters such as evening grosbeaks, goldfinches, and pine siskins prefer black oil sunflower and niger thistle.
    • Niger thistle appeals especially to pine siskins, goldfinches, and purple and house finches.
    • After a four-winter absence delightful siskins returned to our garden in 1994.


mid 16th century: from Middle Dutch siseken, a diminutive related to German Zeisig, of Slavic origin.

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