Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A finch (Fringilla montifringilla) of northern Eurasia, having black, white, and rust-brown plumage.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The European mountain finch (Fringilla montifringilla); -- called also bramble finch and bramble.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A common European conirostral oscine passerine bird, of the family Fringillidæ, Fringilla montifringilla, or mountain-finch, closely related to and resembling the chaffinch, F. cælebs, but larger. Also called bramble-finch.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. Eurasian finch

Etymologies

Probably from Old English *bræmbling : bræmbel, bramble + -ling, one connected with; see -ling1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • A brambling en route to more temperate climes from its breeding grounds in the north flicks low over the grass, the long white flash on the rump making it easy to pick out.

    Country diary: South Uist

  • For his first weekend he's off to a Tudor estate in Essex for a spot of glamping, fly fishing, brambling and al fresco dining.

    Tonight's TV highlights

  • But sarra one of me cares a brambling ram, pomp porteryark!

    Finnegans Wake

  • The Gaffer's eyes wandered from a brambling hopping about the lichen-covered boulders, and away to the sea-fowl wheeling above the ships: and then came into his mind a tale he had read once in

    Old Fires and Profitable Ghosts

  • Your account of the greater brambling, or snow-fleck, is very amusing; and strange it is that such a short-winged bird should delight in such perilous voyages over the northern ocean.

    The Natural History of Selborne, Vol. 1

  • More than 2,600 linnets, 100 yellowhammers, 229 reed buntings and 1,200 skylarks have been recorded along with smaller numbers of brambling, tree sparrows and chaffinches.

    BBC News - Home

  • Other birds like snipe, brambling, lapwing and willow tit will struggle to find suitable habitats further north.

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