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purple finch

noun
1.
a North American finch, Carpodacus purpureus, having a raspberry-red head, breast, and rump.
Origin of purple finch
1720-1730
An Americanism dating back to 1720-30
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  • The purple finch was there likewise, and the Carolina wren and brown creeper.

    Wake-Robin John Burroughs
  • I hear a purple finch, too, and the feeble lisp of the redpoll.

    In the Catskills

    John Burroughs
  • The Western purple finch was abundant here also, and juncos, and several kinds of sparrows, with an occasional Western robin.

  • But the identification of the purple finch, after all, depends quite as much upon his song as his color.

    Bird Neighbors Neltje Blanchan
  • One of the leading songsters in this choir of the old Barkpeeling is the purple finch or linnet.

    Wake-Robin John Burroughs
  • On the broad stone window-sill lay the quivering form of a purple finch.

    Wake-Robin John Burroughs
  • The goldfinch in bright yellow coat, the purple finch in red, and the sparrows in plain brown.

    The Children's Book of Birds Olive Thorne Miller
  • The purple finch is called Klah-nis-me-tit-le, meaning "many brothers," because the birds go together in small flocks.

    California Athabascan Groups Martin A. Baumhoff
  • The next tree held a robin's nest, and the nest of a purple finch is probably near by.

    Riverby John Burroughs
  • A purple finch was singing in the apple-tree overhead, and the white petals of the blossoms were silently falling.

    Letters to His Children Theodore Roosevelt

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