Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of various birds of the family Fringillidae, including the goldfinches, siskins, and canaries, having a short stout bill used for cracking seeds.
  • noun Any of various birds of the families Cardinalidae and Emberizidae, including the sparrows, cardinals, and grosbeaks, having a similar bill.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • An obsolete contracted form of finish.
  • noun The chaffinch; any bird of the genus Fringilla or family Fringillidæ, of which the species are very numerous; a bunting, sparrow, grosbeak, etc. See Fringillidæ.
  • noun Any small conirostral oscine passerine bird, as of the family Ploceidæ or Tanagridæ; a weaver-bird or tanager.
  • noun Loosely, in composition, some other small bird, as the fallow-finch.
  • noun Peucæa cassini, a kind of summer finch of southwestern parts of the United States: named for the same.
  • noun The yellow-hammer.
  • noun The Texas sparrow, Embernagra rufovirgata. See Embernagra.
  • noun A misnomer of the Canadian sparrow or tree-sparrow, Spizella monticola.
  • noun The snow-bunting, Plectrophanes nivalis, in the plumage of winter, or of the female and young male.
  • noun The pine-siskin, Chrysomitris pinus: so called from its fondness for the seeds of the pine.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Zoöl.) A small singing bird of many genera and species, belonging to the family Fringillidæ.
  • noun See Brambling.
  • noun the canary bird.
  • noun See Chaffinch.
  • noun See under Diamond.
  • noun (Zoöl.) one of several very small East Indian falcons of the genus Hierax.
  • noun [Obs.] to swindle an ignorant or unsuspecting person.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Any bird of the family Fringillidae, seed-eating passerine birds, native chiefly to the Northern Hemisphere and usually having a conical beak.
  • verb To hunt for finches, to go finching.

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

  • noun any of numerous small songbirds with short stout bills adapted for crushing seeds

Etymologies

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

[Middle English, from Old English finc.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Old English finċ, from Proto-Germanic *funkiz, funkjon (compare Dutch vink, German Fink), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)pingos 'chaffinch' (compare Welsh pinc 'finch', Ancient Greek spingos 'chaffinch', Russian penka 'wren', Sanskrit phingaka 'drongo, shrike').

Examples

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  • These illegal campers cut down mangroves for use as fuelwood, which are the habitat of the rarest species of Darwin finch.

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  • The story of the finch is a parable about losing one home, the nest, and finding a series of others: a home with a foster family, and then, we hope, a home in the wider world, where the hospitality of strangers makes survival possible, and where those strangers, in turn, become friends and family.

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  • I love your thought that the finch was the patient's soul released... it feels very right.

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  • The story of the finch is a parable about losing one home, the nest, and finding a series of others: a home with a foster family, and then, we hope, a home in the wider world, where the hospitality of strangers makes survival possible, and where those strangers, in turn, become friends and family.

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  • A finch is a bird that shares almost the same characteristics as birds.

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  • The finch is the first songbird - and the second bird, after the chicken - to have its genome sequenced.

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  • The finch is the first songbird - and the second bird, after the chicken - to have its genome sequenced.

    Media Newswire

  • A finch is a bird that shares almost same characteristics as birds.

    CreationWiki - Recent changes [en]

  • The finch is the first songbird - and the second bird, after the chicken - to have its genome sequenced.

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