American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A European bird (Pyrrhula pyrrhula) having a short thick bill and in the male a red breast, blue-gray back, and black head, wings, and tail.
- n. Any of several similar finches.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A very common oscine passerine bird of Europe, Pyrrhula vulgaris; a kind of finch of the family Fringillidæ, with a very short, stout, turgid bill, which, like the crown, is black, and a body bluish above, and, in the male, tile-red below: a favorite cage-bird, easily taught to sing a variety of notes. The name is extended to other species of the same genus, and also to those of some related genera.
- n. In England, a strong fence, or a hedge allowed to grow high enough to impede hunters, and much used as a test of skill in steeplechasing.
- n. This name is applied locally to many very different birds, as the pine-grosbeak, Pinicola enueleator; the house-finch, Carpodacus mexicanus frontalis; the black-breasted plover, Charadrius squatarola; the goldeneye Glaucionetta clangula americana; etc.
- n. Any of various Old World finches in the genus Pyrrhula. They are Passerine birds with thick bills.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) A bird of the genus Pyrrhula and other related genera, especially the Pyrrhula vulgaris or Pyrrhula rubicilla, a bird of Europe allied to the grosbeak, having the breast, cheeks, and neck, red.
- n. common European finch mostly black and white with red throat and breast
- n. United States architect who designed the Capitol Building in Washington which served as a model for state capitols throughout the United States (1763-1844)
- bull + finch (Wiktionary)
“The bullfinch is a native of the northern countries of Europe, occurring in Italy and other southern parts only as a winter visitor.”
“This is the universal "stake and bond" hedge of the shires, impenetrable to cattle, unbreakable, and imperishable, because the half-cut bonds, the stakes, and the small stuff all shoot again, and in a few years make the famous "bullfinch" with stake and bond below, and a tall mass of interlacing thorns and small stuff above.”
“The bullfinch is a homely little bird, almost as domestic as the robin; they just stay here, isn't that it? ”
“Three endemic birds are the Elfin-woods warbler (Dendroica angelae), Puerto Rican parrot (Amazona vittata), and Puerto Rican bullfinch (Loxigilla portoricensis).”
“Cham of Tartary themselves, contended to load me with gifts — doth he think I am to abide in this old castle like a bullfinch in a cage, fain to sing as oft as he chooses to whistle, and all for seed and water?”
“The Eastern Himalaya EBA, which also overlaps with part of the Indo-Burma Hotspot, has nearly 20 endemic species, including four that are fully endemic to the Himalayas: the chestnut-breasted partridge (Arborophila mandellii, VU) and rusty-throated wren babbler (Spelaeornis badeigularis, VU), plus the white-throated tit (Aegithalos niveogularis) and orange bullfinch (Pyrrhula aurantiaca).”
“These ruminations were interrupted by a call down stairs to see a learned bullfinch.”
“At night, when she returned to her own room from the play, she saw the little bullfinch, reposing in a superb cage, upon her table.”
“The bullfinch had gone far, but the draft seemed to have riveted the persuasion.”
“A European Union-funded program was initiated by the local forestry service in 1995 to restore and expand laurel forests in an effort to increase the population of the Azores bullfinch; the laurel forest around the Pico da Vara summit was also designated a Natural Forest Reserve.”
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