- a common finch, Fringilla coelebs, of the Old World, often kept as a pet.
Origin of chaffinch
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To her, who took no sides, there was every bit as much to be said for the hawk as for the chaffinch.The Golden Age
OW curious is the structure of the nest of the Bullfinch or Chaffinch!
I have been in England, and came here again as lively as a chaffinch.Louise de la Valliere
Alexandre Dumas, Pere
The chaffinch gave a light chirp, as if to recall him to his duty.The Daughters of Danaus
This bird is about the size of a chaffinch, and was first killed by me on the Darling.Expedition into Central Australia
- a common European finch, Fringilla coelebs, with black and white wings and, in the male, a reddish body and blue-grey head
Old English ceaffinc, from ceaf chaff 1 + finc finch
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Word Origin and History for chaffinch
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