- a European finch, Pyrrhula pyrrhula, often kept as a pet, the male of which has a black, white, and bluish-gray back and a rosy breast.
- any of several related or similar birds.
Origin of bullfinch1
- a hedge high enough to impede mounted hunters.
Origin of bullfinch2
Examples from the Web for bullfinch
Historical Examples of bullfinch
He ‘seemed to remember,’ Bullfinch said, that he had dined well there.The Uncommercial Traveller
OW curious is the structure of the nest of the Bullfinch or Chaffinch!
The Alpe, or bullfinch, mentioned in the above lines, also survives as a surname.The Romance of Names
"I think it will be well for us to follow his advice," said Judge Bullfinch, after a pause.Policeman Bluejay
L. Frank Baum
"I didn't buy that at an auction, it was in the family," said Mr. Bullfinch.Jerry's Charge Account
Hazel Hutchins Wilson
- a common European finch, Pyrrhula pyrrhula : the male has a bright red throat and breast, black crown, wings, and tail, and a grey-and-white back
- any of various similar finches
Word Origin for bullfinch
- British a high thick hedge too difficult for a horse and rider to jump