bullfinch

1
[ boo l-finch ]
/ ˈbʊlˌfɪntʃ /

noun

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.

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Origin of bullfinch

1
1560–70; bull1 (perhaps in sense “bull-necked”) + finch

Definition for bullfinch (2 of 2)

bullfinch2
[ boo l-finch ]
/ ˈbʊlˌfɪntʃ /

noun

a hedge high enough to impede mounted hunters.

Origin of bullfinch

2
First recorded in 1825–35; of uncertain origin
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British Dictionary definitions for bullfinch (1 of 2)

bullfinch1
/ (ˈbʊlˌfɪntʃ) /

noun

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

C14: see bull 1, finch; probably so called from its stocky shape and thick neck

British Dictionary definitions for bullfinch (2 of 2)

bullfinch2
/ (ˈbʊlˌfɪntʃ) /

noun

British a high thick hedge too difficult for a horse and rider to jump

Word Origin for bullfinch

C19: perhaps changed from the phrase bull fence
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