American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of various relatively small birds of the family Fringillidae, including the goldfinches, sparrows, cardinals, grosbeaks, and canaries, having a short stout bill adapted for cracking seeds.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The chaffinch; any bird of the genus Fringilla or family Fringillidæ, of which the species are very numerous; a bunting, sparrow, grosbeak, etc. See Fringillidæ.
- n. Any small conirostral oscine passerine bird, as of the family Ploceidæ or Tanagridæ; a weaver-bird or tanager.
- n. Loosely, in composition, some other small bird, as the fallow-finch.
- n. Peucæa cassini, a kind of summer finch of southwestern parts of the United States: named for the same.
- n. The yellow-hammer.
- n. The Texas sparrow, Embernagra rufovirgata. See Embernagra.
- n. A misnomer of the Canadian sparrow or tree-sparrow, Spizella monticola.
- n. The snow-bunting, Plectrophanes nivalis, in the plumage of winter, or of the female and young male.
- n. The pine-siskin, Chrysomitris pinus: so called from its fondness for the seeds of the pine.
- An obsolete contracted form of finish.
- n. Any bird of the family Fringillidae, seed-eating passerine birds, native chiefly to the Northern Hemisphere and usually having a conical beak.
- v. To hunt for finches, to go finching.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) A small singing bird of many genera and species, belonging to the family
- n. any of numerous small songbirds with short stout bills adapted for crushing seeds
- Old English finċ, from Proto-Germanic *funkiz, funkjon (compare Dutch vink, German Fink), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)pingos 'chaffinch' (compare Welsh pinc 'finch', Ancient Greek spingos 'chaffinch', Russian penka 'wren', Sanskrit phingaka 'drongo, shrike'). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old English finc. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Researchers were able to document the change in finch beak size and shape over the course of a few generations!”
“These illegal campers cut down mangroves for use as fuelwood, which are the habitat of the rarest species of Darwin finch.”
“The story of the finch is a parable about losing one home, the nest, and finding a series of others: a home with a foster family, and then, we hope, a home in the wider world, where the hospitality of strangers makes survival possible, and where those strangers, in turn, become friends and family.”
“I love your thought that the finch was the patient's soul released... it feels very right.”
“A finch is a bird that shares almost same characteristics as birds.”
“The finch is the first songbird - and the second bird, after the chicken - to have its genome sequenced.”
“A finch is a bird that shares almost the same characteristics as birds.”
“A finch is a bird that shares almost same characteristics of birds.”
“Though much of the park's wildlife has been lost, recent surveys indicate it still contains ibex, a species of wild goat, and urial, a type of wild sheep, along with wolves, foxes, smaller mammals, fish and various bird species including the Afghan snow finch, which is believed to be the only bird found exclusively in Afghanistan.”
“The finch is a pretty literary bird-a pretty, literary bird.”
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