from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- A small singing bird of the Finch family (Serinus Canarius), a native of the Canary Islands. It was brought to Europe in the 16th century, and made a household pet. It generally has a yellowish body with the wings and tail greenish, but in its wild state it is more frequently of gray or brown color. It is sometimes called canary finch.
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- n. any of several small Old World finches
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"Would it be the colley dogue or the canary bird or maybe the mistress of the house?"