Definition of siskin in English:


Line breaks: sis¦kin
Pronunciation: /ˈsɪskɪn


A small songbird related to the goldfinch, with yellow and black in the plumage.
  • Genus Carduelis (and Serinus), family Fringillidae: the North Eurasian (spruce) siskin (C. spinus), with dark-streaked greenish-yellow plumage, and several species in the New World
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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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