Definition of hawfinch in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈhɔːfɪn(t)ʃ/


A large Old World finch with a massive bill for cracking open cherry stones and other hard seeds.
Example sentences
  • Whenever I have been fortunate to watch a party of Breckland hawfinches they were very wary, taking flight at the first alarm and rocketing into the treetops.
  • Where I see Hawfinches they become more visible from early afternoon in the tops of trees - often Beech or Hornbeam. Listen out for the loud ticking call.
  • Woodland species such as Hawfinch and Crossbill are much easier to locate in the foliage-less trees.


Late 17th century: from haw1 + finch.

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