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  1. a European grosbeak, Coccothraustes coccothraustes.
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Origin of hawfinch

First recorded in 1665–75; haw1 + finch
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Examples from the Web for hawfinch

Historical Examples of hawfinch

  • It altogether sounds as though it might have been a hawfinch.

    In a Cheshire Garden

    Geoffrey Egerton-Warburton

  • If so, we might look them over for a Hawfinch's nest about May 10th.

  • Old man Tyler could lay his Hawfinch half a point nearer the wind than a chap has a right to expect from an archbishop.

  • Sims describes the Hawfinch's immobile upper jaw, which is used as a powerful press in cracking the stones of fresh fruit.

  • Occasionally that shy bird, the hawfinch, is seen on a wet, quiet day picking up white-beam kernels and seeds.

British Dictionary definitions for hawfinch


  1. an uncommon European finch, Coccothraustes coccothraustes, having a very stout bill and brown plumage with black-and-white wings
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