- a European finch, Carduelis carduelis, having a crimson face and wings marked with yellow.
- any of certain related American finches of the genus Carduelis, as C. tristis, the male of which has yellow body plumage in the summer.
Origin of goldfinch
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Best line: “No amount of straining for high-flown uplift can disguise the fact that The Goldfinch is a turkey.”Hatchet Job of the Year 2014 Shortlist Announced
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Donna Tartt built her latest novel around a 350-year-old portrait of a goldfinch.Face to Face With ‘The Goldfinch,’ the Painting from Donna Tartt’s Novel
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The Goldfinch proves Tartt to be a rara avis; her own species, willingly chained to her demanding muse.Time Bandit: Donna Tartt’s “Goldfinch”
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We admire the brilliant plumage of the jay, cardinal and goldfinch.The Meaning of Evolution
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The Goldfinch is very anxious that the sparrows should not find out this barn.What the Blackbird said
Mrs. Frederick Locker
I have not yet heard what the Government gave me for my horse "Goldfinch."
The Government gave me £70 for "Goldfinch," which was good, I think.
"I think that is a dreadful thing," said the goldfinch, with a shudder.Policeman Bluejay
L. Frank Baum
- a common European finch, Carduelis carduelis, the adult of which has a red-and-white face and yellow-and-black wings
- any of several North American finches of the genus Spinus, esp the yellow-and-black species S. tristis
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Word Origin and History for goldfinch
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