American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A common Eurasian finch (Carduelis chloris) having green and yellow plumage.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A European green grosbeak, Coccothraustes or Ligurinus chloris: so called from its color. Also called green linnet, green grosbeak, greenbird, green olf, and greeny.—2. See green finch , under finch.
- n. Any of five distinct species of bird:
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) A European finch (Ligurinus chloris); -- called also
green bird, green linnet, green grosbeak, green olf, greeny, and peasweep.
- n. The Texas sparrow (Embernagra rufivirgata), in which the general color is olive green, with four rufous stripes on the head.
- green + finch (Wiktionary)
“Then, too, the greenfinch is overtaken by happy languor, and falters in her flight, smitten with the April madness.”
“The coldest December on record had driven them to warmer climes, and during the day I managed to miss goldfinch, greenfinch, dunnock and song thrush as well.”
“The greenfinch is among common garden birds that have taken their leave of suburbia this winter.”
“A greenfinch is singing on the next street over from mine, a street I never go down but that I can now hear.”
“I am a clumsy beginner and in the hut first a greenfinch escapes from my grip, and then a sedge warbler, both hurtling toward the windows.”
“Then there was a little greenfinch, just fledged, fluttering along the ground, and it seemed quite possible to catch it, till it managed to flutter under the blackberry bush.”
“His note suggested to me the shrill chirrup of a sparrow, and his appearance that of a greenfinch.”
“The greenfinch, so called from the colour of its belly, is as large as a lark; it lays four or five eggs, builds its nest out of the plant called comfrey, pulling it up by the roots, and makes an under-mattress to lie on of hair and wool.”
“The little blue quills began to tell of coming feathers, his vigorous chirpings betokened plenty of vocal power, and in due time he grew into a young greenfinch of the most irrepressible and enterprising character.”
“The greenfinch is soon attracted by hemp seed, and all the smaller birds by canary seed.”
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