- a small finch, Serinus serinus, of Europe and northern Africa, closely related to the canary.
Origin of serin
1520–30; < Middle French sere(i)n; compare Old Provençal serena, sirena bee-eater (a green bird) < Late Latin sīrēna, for Latin sīrēn siren
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In Italy they were bred with the citril and serin; in Germany with the linnet, green finch, and siskin.
When Serin Dolite brought the invitation, Norwan made him promise to meet her on the road.Creation Myths of Primitive America
- any of various small yellow-and-brown finches of the genus Serinus, esp S. serinus, of parts of Europe and North AfricaSee also canary
C16: from French, perhaps from Old Provençal sirena a bee-eater, from Latin sīrēn, a kind of bird, from siren
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