from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of several small finches, such as Carduelis spinus, a greenish-yellow finch of Eurasia related to the goldfinch, or the pine siskin of North America.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A small green and yellow European finch, Carduelis Spinus spinus or Carduelis spinus.
- n. Any of various similar birds in the genera Carduelis and Serinus.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A small green and yellow European finch (Spinus spinus, or Carduelis spinus); -- called also aberdevine.
- n. The American pinefinch (S. pinus); -- called also pine siskin. See pinefinch.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A small fringilline bird, Chrysomitris (or Spinus) spinus, related to the goldfinch, inhabiting the temperate parts of the Palearctic region; the aberdevine or blackheaded thistlefinch; the tarin.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. small yellow-and-black Eurasian finch with a sharp beak
Obsolete Dutch sīsken, from alteration of Middle Dutch, diminutive of sīs, from Middle Low German csītze, probably from Czech číž, of imitative origin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From dialectal German Sisschen, Zeischen, diminutive form of Middle High German zisec, apparently ultimately from Proto-Slavic (compare e.g. Polish czyżik). (Wiktionary)