Definition of goldfinch in English:

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goldfinch

Pronunciation: /ˈɡəʊl(d)fɪn(t)ʃ/

noun

A brightly coloured finch with yellow feathers in the plumage.
  • Genus Carduelis, family Fringillidae: four species, especially the Eurasian goldfinch (C. carduelis) and the American goldfinch (C. tristis).
Example sentences
  • Chickadees, crossbills, goldfinches, nuthatches, siskins, and woodpeckers pick the winged seeds out of pine and spruce cones.
  • Miners became fond of their birds, and as well as breeding the canaries with one another, they started to produce crosses - or mules, as they called them - with British finches such as goldfinches and greenfinches.
  • Sunflower seeds appeal to many of our wintering birds, but the goldfinches and house finches prefer thistle seed, while the ground-feeding sparrows and doves enjoy millet or a mixture of high quality seeds.

Origin

Late Old English goldfinc (see gold, finch).

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