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  1. of or relating to the passerine subfamily Carduelinae, including the goldfinches, siskins, canaries and crossbills.
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  1. any bird of the subfamily Carduelinae.
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Origin of cardueline

< New Latin Carduelinae, equivalent to Carduel(is) genus name (Latin: goldfinch, derivative of carduus thistle) + -inae -inae
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Historical Examples of cardueline

  • He states further that the cardueline finches arise without disjunction from the tanagers.

    Myology and Serology of the Avian Family Fringillidae

    William B. Stallcup

  • The muscle does not seem to be so well developed in the cardueline finches as it is in the other species.

  • Only the ploceids and the cardueline finches in the present investigation fail to show such a division.