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

  • n. A traditional Pennsylvania Dutch folk art motif of a bird or birds symbolizing good luck and happiness.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A stylized goldfinch in Pennsylvania Dutch folk art, representing happiness and good fortune.


From German, goldfinch, from Middle High German distelvinke, from Old High German distilvinko : distil, thistle, + vinko, finch.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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