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pine siskin

a small, North American finch, Carduelis pinus, of coniferous forests, having yellow markings on the wings and tail.
Also called pine finch.
Origin of pine siskin
An Americanism dating back to 1885-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Their flight and song is similar to that of the Goldfinch or pine siskin.

    The Bird Book Chester A. Reed
  • Another field-mark was a light patch over each eye, and we identified the first and largest flock of pine siskin of the year.

    Everyday Adventures Samuel Scoville

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