Definition of citril in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsɪtrɪl/

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(also citril finch)


A small European and African finch related to the canary, with generally yellowish-green plumage.
  • Genus Serinus, family Fringillidae: two species.
Example sentences
  • The same trapper also made history when he netted the country's very first citril finch.
  • Higher areas are inhabited by citril finches and water pipits, peregrine falcons and griffon vultures.
  • In this area citril finches can be found along with crested tits and crossbills; rock buntings occur in the more stony areas.


Late 17th century: apparently from Italian citrinella, diminutive of citrina 'citrine-coloured (bird)'.

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