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

1555–65; < Middle Dutch sijsken, equivalent to sijs (< Middle Low German czītze < Slavic; compare Lusatian cyž, Czech číž, Polish czyż siskin, ultimately of imitative orig.) + -ken -kin
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  1. a yellow-and-black Eurasian finch, Carduelis spinus
  2. pine siskin a North American finch, Spinus pinus, having a streaked yellowish-brown plumage
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Word Origin for siskin

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