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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of fringilline birds, containing the linnets or siskins, the goldfinches, and also the redpolls.
- n. A genus of bivalve mollusks.
“The ass and the acanthis are enemies; for the bird lives on thistles, and the ass browses on thistles when they are young and tender.”
“The anthus, the acanthis, and the aegithus are at enmity with one another; it is said that the blood of the anthus will not intercommingle with the blood of the aegithus.”
“The acanthis finds its food with difficulty; its plumage is poor, but its note is musical.”
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