siskin

[ sis-kin ]
/ ˈsɪs kɪn /
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noun

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

Nearby words

  1. sisal,
  2. sisal hemp,
  3. siscowet,
  4. sisera,
  5. sisinnius,
  6. sisler,
  7. sisley,
  8. sisley, alfred,
  9. sismondi,
  10. sismondi, jean charles léonard simonde de

Compare pine siskin.

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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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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