- of or relating to the passerine subfamily Carduelinae, including the goldfinches, siskins, canaries and crossbills.
- any bird of the subfamily Carduelinae.
Origin of cardueline
< New Latin Carduelinae, equivalent to Carduel(is) genus name (Latin: goldfinch, derivative of carduus thistle) + -inae -inae
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Examples from the Web for cardueline
He states further that the cardueline finches arise without disjunction from the tanagers.
The muscle does not seem to be so well developed in the cardueline finches as it is in the other species.
Only the ploceids and the cardueline finches in the present investigation fail to show such a division.