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goldfinch

[ gohld-finch ]

noun

  1. a European finch, Carduelis carduelis, having a crimson face and wings marked with yellow.
  2. any of certain related American finches of the genus Carduelis, as C. tristis, the male of which has yellow body plumage in the summer.


goldfinch

/ ˈɡəʊldˌfɪntʃ /

noun

  1. a common European finch, Carduelis carduelis, the adult of which has a red-and-white face and yellow-and-black wings
  2. any of several North American finches of the genus Spinus, esp the yellow-and-black species S. tristis


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Word History and Origins

Origin of goldfinch1

before 1000; Middle English; Old English goldfinc. See gold, finch

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Example Sentences

The last of the nesters — goldfinches, bluebirds — are seeing off their offspring.

He uses a variety of feeders, including hopper-style feeders suitable for many birds, tube feeders where birds like goldfinches cling and hummingbird feeders — also an option for apartment dwellers without a yard.

Best line: “No amount of straining for high-flown uplift can disguise the fact that The Goldfinch is a turkey.”

Donna Tartt built her latest novel around a 350-year-old portrait of a goldfinch.

The Goldfinch proves Tartt to be a rara avis; her own species, willingly chained to her demanding muse.

Even the little goldfinch was impressed and looked on with interest.

It was the ninth of February, and the goldfinch was calling, as he often did.

The goldfinch in his cage scolded the stranger for alighting too near his door.

Then Tchink, who said he voted for the fox so that the goldfinch should not have the throne.

A goldfinch perched on a dry dead stalk of wild carrot, a stalk that looked too slender to bear the bird.

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