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aberdevine

noun
  1. a former name for the siskin, when kept as a cagebird
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Word Origin

C18: of unknown origin
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Historical Examples

  • Aberdevine, ab-ėr-de-vīn′, n. a bird-fancier's name for the siskin.

    Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 1 of 4: A-D)

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  • It has a pleasing note, and is sold as a singing-bird in the London bird-shops by the name of the Aberdevine.

  • It has a pleasing note, and is sold as a singing bird in the London bird-shops by the name of the Aberdevine.

    The Peacock 'At Home:'

    Catherine Ann Dorset