any finch of the genus Carduelis, of Europe and Asia, having green and yellow plumage, especially C. chloris (European greenfinch).

Origin of greenfinch

First recorded in 1490–1500; green + finch Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for greenfinch

Historical Examples of greenfinch

  • The chaffinch, greenfinch, hedge-sparrow, and wren are less common.

    Birds in London

    W. H. Hudson

  • I hear the greenfinch, stronger and sharper than our goldfinch, but less pleasing.

    Fresh Fields

    John Burroughs

  • They looked like an embassy arriving, with Greenfinch as their leader.


    Johanna Spyri

  • The monotonous call of the Greenfinch is probably familiar to all.

    Territory in Bird Life

    H. Eliot Howard

  • For instance, the fable of the Greenfinch and the Nightingale.

British Dictionary definitions for greenfinch



a common European finch, Carduelis chloris, the male of which has a dull green plumage with yellow patches on the wings and tail
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