American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A small European songbird (Fringilla coelebs), the male of which has predominantly reddish-brown plumage.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A common European bird of the genus Fringilla, F. cœlebs, whose pleasant short and oft-repeated song is heard from early spring to the middle of summer. The plumage of the male is very pretty. Chaffinches are useful in destroying aphids and caterpillars, though they injure various kinds of garden-plants. In winter they feed mostly on seeds. Also called chaffy, beech-finch, horse-finch, shell-apple, shelly, twink, spink, pink, etc.
- n. A name of the Australian birds of the genus Chloëbia, as C. gouldiæ.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) A bird of Europe (Fringilla cœlebs), having a variety of very sweet songs, and highly valued as a cage bird; -- called also
- n. small European finch with a cheerful song
- From chaff + finch. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English chaffinche, from Old English ceaffinc : ceaf, chaff, husk + finc, finch. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“In a low tree I spotted a female chaffinch, which is one of the most common birds in Europe and is all but absent in Malta, owing to the country's widespread illegal finch trapping.”
“House birds like the blue tit or the chaffinch eat seeds or insects, which are easy to find in the countryside when the weather is mild, as it has been for this winter so far.”
“The warbling of a chaffinch flitting through the bushes.”
“All the flower colours here come from green, as do the songs of willow warbler, chaffinch and skylark.”
“Birds (12) buzzard; hobby; wood pigeon; crow; chiffchaff; blackbird; chaffinch; grey heron; gull (unspecified); green woodpecker; magpie; owl (unspecified);”
“Sparrows at the top end of a hedge, chaffinch in the middle and yellowhammers at the far end kept their abrasive little calls to themselves, flying only short loops from the hedge as if they knew the wind would sweep them away on its fierce currents to the east.”
“The chaffinch is best heard in isolation at between 1:49-1:51.”
“• Two different species seem to be competing, the chaffinch and wren.”
“It's a wren that kicks off proceedings at around 1:38 but again the chaffinch interrupts at 1:40.”
“While it's a chaffinch that begins to sing at around 1:26 it's the wren that carries on up to 1:30.”
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