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greenfinch

[green-finch] /ˈgrinˌfɪntʃ/
noun
1.
any finch of the genus Carduelis, of Europe and Asia, having green and yellow plumage, especially C. chloris (European greenfinch)
Origin of greenfinch
1490-1500
First recorded in 1490-1500; green + finch
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  • The chaffinch, greenfinch, hedge-sparrow, and wren are less common.

    Birds in London

    W. H. Hudson
  • I hear the greenfinch, stronger and sharper than our goldfinch, but less pleasing.

    Fresh Fields

    John Burroughs
  • They looked like an embassy arriving, with greenfinch as their leader.

    Heidi Johanna Spyri
  • The monotonous call of the greenfinch is probably familiar to all.

    Territory in Bird Life H. Eliot Howard
  • For instance, the fable of the greenfinch and the Nightingale.

  • The chaffinch, greenfinch, and goldfinch are with us all the year round, keeping each to his favourite haunts.

    Birds in Flight W. P. Pycraft
  • The greenfinch is marked, when in flight, by the yellow rump and bright yellow patches at the base of the tail feathers.

    Birds in Flight W. P. Pycraft
  • To return to birds—the greenfinch is a pleasant singer, or perhaps a conversationalist.

    Rustic Sounds Francis Darwin
  • The greenfinch has a coat of rich olive green, and a waistcoat of greyish-yellow.

  • A still smaller bird, a greenfinch, is even more refractory: all that I obtain from him is a few seconds' drowsiness.

British Dictionary definitions for greenfinch

greenfinch

/ˈɡriːnˌfɪntʃ/
noun
1.
a common European finch, Carduelis chloris, the male of which has a dull green plumage with yellow patches on the wings and tail
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