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siskin

[ sis-kin ]
/ ˈsɪs kɪn /
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noun

any of several small, cardueline finches, especially Carduelis spinus, of Europe.

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Origin of siskin

First recorded in 1555–65; from Middle Dutch sijsken, equivalent to sijs (from Middle Low German czītze, from Slavic; compare Sorbian cyž, Czech číž, Polish czyż “siskin,” ultimately imitative of the sound) + -ken diminutive suffix; see origin at -kin
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British Dictionary definitions for siskin

siskin
/ (ˈsɪskɪn) /

noun

a yellow-and-black Eurasian finch, Carduelis spinus
pine siskin a North American finch, Spinus pinus, having a streaked yellowish-brown plumage

Word Origin for siskin

C16: from Middle Dutch sīseken, from Middle Low German sīsek; related to Czech čižek, Russian chizh
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