cardueline

[ kahr-joo-ee-lin ]
/ ˌkɑr dʒuˈi lɪn /

adjective

of or relating to the passerine subfamily Carduelinae, including the goldfinches, siskins, canaries and crossbills.

noun

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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