American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of several small American finches of the genus Carduelis, especially C. tristis, of which the male has yellow plumage with a black forehead, wings, and tail.
- n. A small Eurasian finch (Carduelis carduelis) having brownish plumage with black wings boldly marked with yellow and a red patch across the face.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An elegant European siskin or thistle-bird, Carduelis elegans, of the family Fringillidæ, having wings conspicuously marked with yellow, and a crimson face.
- n. The American thistle-bird, Chrysomitris tristis, of the family Fringillidæ, having a yellow body, with black cap, wings, and tail, the latter marked also with white.
- n. Some finch like or likened to either of the above, as the Arkansan goldfinch, Chry-somitris psaltria.
- n. The yellow bunting, Emberiza citrinella: a misnomer.
- n. A gold piece; a sovereign.
- n. In angling, the name of an artificial salmon-fly.
- n. A small passerine bird of the finch family; the European goldfinch, Carduelis carduelis, the American goldfinch, Carduelis tristis, Lawrence's Goldfinch, Carduelis lawrencei, or the lesser goldfinch, Carduelis psaltria.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A beautiful bright-colored European finch (Carduelis elegans). The name refers to the large patch of yellow on the wings. The front of the head and throat are bright red; the nape, with part of the wings and tail, black; -- called also
goldspink, goldie, fool's coat, drawbird, draw-water, thistle finch, and sweet William.
- n. The yellow-hammer.
- n. A small American finch (Spinus tristis); the thistle bird.
- n. American finch whose male has yellow body plumage in summer
- n. small European finch having a crimson face and yellow-and-black wings
“The weight of the bird bends it down even more, nearly touching the stones, but the goldfinch is a determined diner hanging rump up to get the tasty morsels.”
“The goldfinch is a symbol of Christ's future death on the cross.”
“There is, for instance, that charming letter about the escaped goldfinch, which is not spoiled for us even though we may take”
“This love-song of the goldfinch is the climax of the summer's bird-song.”
“But the wren screamed loudest of all, and said that the goldfinch was a painted impostor, and had not got half so much gold as the yellow-hammer.”
“The goldfinch is a fun bird to spot around Lincoln. juditu ...”
“I didn't know that the goldfinch is the only one that eats upside down.”
“Blotch-finches get more yellow by the day, and may deserve the label "goldfinch" soon.”
“Another such word is geoduck, which is pronounced "gooey duck"; a less violently dissonant, but still unpredictable, spelling is distelfink, which according to Merriam-Webster's is pronounced DISH-tlfink it's from Pennsylvania Dutch dischdelfink 'goldfinch', although the AHD gives the normalized DIST-lfink.”
“This was the bird called "goldfinch" by the English resident in La”
These user-created lists contain the word ‘goldfinch’.
birds with singular names from
at least 9 English dictionaries
Hopefully, I'll be using this site for more than one year. It will be fun then to look back and see what new words I found worthy of notice in any given year.
All words spotted in 2008...
Looking for tweets for goldfinch.