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cardueline

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

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

noun

any bird of the subfamily Carduelinae.

Nearby words

cardsharp, cardstock, carduaceous, carducci, carducci, giosuè, cardueline, cardus, cardy, care, care and maintenance, care attendant

Origin of cardueline

< New Latin Carduelinae, equivalent to Carduel(is) genus name (Latin: goldfinch, derivative of carduus thistle) + -inae -inae
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Examples from the Web for 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.