from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An old name of some small bird which feeds on seeds, as a thistle-bird, linnet, siskin, or bunting.
- n. Hence A genus of thistle-birds named by Koch in 1816, containing the linnet, the siskin or aberdevine, the goldfinch, the redpoll, and others, both of Europe and of America.
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- n. in some classifications considered a subgenus of Carduelis: siskins and New World goldfinches
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