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finch

[finch] /fɪntʃ/
noun
1.
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.
2.
any of various nonfringilline birds, especially the weaverbirds of the family Ploceidae and the tropical members of the subfamily Emberizinae.
Origin of finch
900
before 900; Middle English; Old English finc; cognate with Dutch vink, German Fink; akin to Greek spíngos finch
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  • The finch calls its mate by uttering a few notes followed by a long trill.

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

    The Christmas Books William Makepeace Thackeray
  • Both were signed by both interested parties, then Davy paid finch fifty dollars on his contract and the meeting adjourned.

    David Lannarck, Midget George S. Harney
  • It was a splendid thought of yours to turn in here for a feed, Captain finch.

    A Sheaf of Corn Mary E. Mann
  • As poet, Mr. finch of course recalled many former members of the society.

    Nathan Hale Jean Christie Root
  • Theodora could not recover from the thrill of pain so as to speak, and Mrs. finch rattled on.

    Heartsease Charlotte M. Yonge
  • Of course, he had misjudged finch almost from the first, he realized that.

    Deering of Deal Latta Griswold
  • Mrs. finch soon arrived, and attacked her for having let them go on a fool's errand.

    Heartsease Charlotte M. Yonge
British Dictionary definitions for finch

finch

/fɪntʃ/
noun
1.
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
2.
any of various similar or related birds
related
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
n.

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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