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distelfink

[ dis-tl-fingk ]
/ ˈdɪs tlˌfɪŋk /
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noun
a stylized bird motif traditional in Pennsylvania Dutch art.
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Origin of distelfink

First recorded in 1935–1940; standard German spelling of Pennsylvania Dutch dischdelfink “goldfinch” (Carduelis carduelis), equivalent to dischdel thistle + fink finch
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