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[finch] /fɪntʃ/
any of numerous small passerine birds of the family Fringillidae, including the buntings, sparrows, crossbills, purple finches, and grosbeaks, most of which have a short, conical bill adapted for eating seeds.
any of various nonfringilline birds, especially the weaverbirds of the family Ploceidae and the tropical members of the subfamily Emberizinae.
Origin of finch
before 900; Middle English; Old English finc; cognate with Dutch vink, German Fink; akin to Greek spíngos finch Unabridged
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  • "You must never forget what the finch calls," continued the grandmother.

  • Doubtful; but perhaps for syngies, an old name for the finch.

  • Bowman, you will see that finch is comfortable, and send her to me.

    The Christmas Books William Makepeace Thackeray
  • It was a splendid thought of yours to turn in here for a feed, Captain finch.

    A Sheaf of Corn Mary E. Mann
  • Theodora could not recover from the thrill of pain so as to speak, and Mrs. finch rattled on.

    Heartsease Charlotte M. Yonge
  • I cannot think how it is Theodora is not disgusted with Mrs. finch!

    Heartsease Charlotte M. Yonge
  • I followed him thither, and found he was making up to Mrs. finch.

    Heartsease Charlotte M. Yonge
  • I am sure Theodora does not entirely approve of Mrs. finch.'

    Heartsease Charlotte M. Yonge
British Dictionary definitions for finch


any songbird of the family Fringillidae, having a short stout bill for feeding on seeds and, in most species, a bright plumage in the male. Common examples are the goldfinch, bullfinch, chaffinch, siskin, and canary
any of various similar or related birds
adjective fringilline
Word Origin
Old English finc; related to Old High German finko, Middle Dutch vinker, Greek spingos
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Word Origin and History for finch

Old English finc, from Proto-Germanic *finkiz, *finkjon (cf. Middle Low German and Middle Dutch vinke, Dutch vink, Old High German finco, German Fink), perhaps imitative of the bird's note (cf. Breton pint "chaffinch," Russian penka "wren").

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