from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. the type genus of a subfamily Carduelinae of the Fringillidae, used in some classifications. It includes the goldfinches (such as the American goldfinch, Cardulis tristis, and the European goldfinch, Carduelis carduelis); siskins; redpolls; and linnets, as well as the common northern cardinal (Carduelis cardinalis, also called the cardinal bird).
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of oscine passerine birds, of the family Fringiuidæ, having as type Fringilla carduelis, the European goldfinch, now usually called Carduelis elegans.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. in some classifications considered the type genus of a subfamily Carduelinae of the family Fringillidae: goldfinches; siskins; redpolls; linnets
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I write to inform you that your consignment of fifty water-colored scientific prints, including the Sciurus vulgaris, the Carduelis carduelis and related songbirds, and several of the Lutra lutra, has arrived safely and is in a generally satisfactory condition.
Those birds which are much amongst flowers, as the goldfinch (_Fringilla carduelis_), are furnished with vivid colors.
Mystery Bird: European goldfinch, Carduelis carduelis
European goldfinch, Carduelis carduelis, photographed in a studio.
I picked the Goldfinch (Latin name Carduelis carduelis) as my bird of the month, Length: 12 cm