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brambling Line breaks: bram|bling
Pronunciation: /ˈbramblɪŋ/

Definition of brambling in English:


A northern Eurasian finch with a white rump, related to the chaffinch. The male has a black head and orange breast in summer.
  • Fringilla montifringilla, family Fringillidae
Example sentences
  • As I write, the old Bramley apple in our garden is occupied by a variety of finches: greenfinches, chaffinches and bramblings.
  • Like bramblings, siskins tend to winter in widely different areas in succeeding years.
  • In another area, he sows seeds to attract birds like linnets, reed buntings and bramblings.


Mid 16th century: perhaps from or related to the obsolete German synonym Brämling, related to bramble, or a variant of brandling (because both are streaked).

Words that rhyme with brambling

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