Definition of chaffinch in English:

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chaffinch

Pronunciation: /ˈtʃafɪn(t)ʃ/

noun

A Eurasian and North African finch, typically with a bluish top to the head and dark wings and tail.
  • Genus Fringilla, family Fringillidae: two species, in particular the F. coelebs, which (in the male of the typical European form) has a pinkish face and breast.
Example sentences
  • As I write, the old Bramley apple in our garden is occupied by a variety of finches: greenfinches, chaffinches and bramblings.
  • Dog roses, bramble, nettles and thistles provide good for birds such as goldfinch, greenfinch, chaffinches and the occasional rarity such as brambling or bullfinch.
  • The list was impressive and included robins, starlings, a goldfinch, blackbirds, redwings, chaffinches, wood pigeons and black-headed gulls.

Origin

Old English ceaffinc 'chaff finch' (because it forages around barns, picking seeds out of the chaff).

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Line breaks: chaf|finch

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