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purple finch

a North American finch, Carpodacus purpureus, having a raspberry-red head, breast, and rump.
Origin of purple finch
An Americanism dating back to 1720-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The next tree held a robin's nest, and the nest of a purple finch is probably near by.

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

    In the Catskills John Burroughs
  • Now listen to the purple finch as he perches on highest twig, proclaiming his arrival with no uncertain sound.

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

  • The purple finch was there likewise, and the Carolina wren and brown creeper.

    Wake-Robin John Burroughs
  • One of the leading songsters in this choir of the old Barkpeeling is the purple finch or linnet.

    Wake-Robin John Burroughs
  • But the identification of the purple finch, after all, depends quite as much upon his song as his color.

    Bird Neighbors Neltje Blanchan
  • On the broad stone window-sill lay the quivering form of a purple finch.

    Wake-Robin John Burroughs
  • His purple finch is as brilliant as a rose, whereas at its best, this bird is a dull carmine.

    John James Audubon 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

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