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bullfinch1

[boo l-finch] /ˈbʊlˌfɪntʃ/
noun
1.
a European finch, Pyrrhula pyrrhula, often kept as a pet, the male of which has a black, white, and bluish-gray back and a rosy breast.
2.
any of several related or similar birds.
Origin of bullfinch1
1560-1570
1560-70; bull1 (perhaps in sense “bull-necked”) + finch

bullfinch2

[boo l-finch] /ˈbʊlˌfɪntʃ/
noun
1.
a hedge high enough to impede mounted hunters.
Origin
First recorded in 1825-35; of uncertain origin
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  • He ‘seemed to remember,’ bullfinch said, that he had dined well there.

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  • OW curious is the structure of the nest of the bullfinch or Chaffinch!

  • The Alpe, or bullfinch, mentioned in the above lines, also survives as a surname.

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  • "I think it will be well for us to follow his advice," said Judge bullfinch, after a pause.

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  • "I'll show you how it works," said Mr. bullfinch, sitting down in the chair.

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  • "That's not half of it," said Mr. bullfinch, punching another button.

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  • Jerry sensed that Mr. bullfinch thought it was time for him to be leaving.

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  • Out in the kitchen, standing on a high stool, was Mrs. bullfinch.

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  • He glanced down at the broom on the floor where Mrs. bullfinch had thrown it.

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  • Mrs. bullfinch, with a little help from her husband, got down from the stool.

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British Dictionary definitions for bullfinch

bullfinch1

/ˈbʊlˌfɪntʃ/
noun
1.
a common European finch, Pyrrhula pyrrhula: the male has a bright red throat and breast, black crown, wings, and tail, and a grey-and-white back
2.
any of various similar finches
Word Origin
C14: see bull1, finch; probably so called from its stocky shape and thick neck

bullfinch2

/ˈbʊlˌfɪntʃ/
noun
1.
(Brit) a high thick hedge too difficult for a horse and rider to jump
Word Origin
C19: perhaps changed from the phrase bull fence
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Word Origin and History for bullfinch
n.

1560s, from bull (n.1) + finch; supposedly so called for the shape of its head and neck; cf. French bouvreuil.

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