from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A Linnean genus of birds, the finches, once nearly conterminous with the modern family Fringillidæ, and of no determinate limits: now usually restricted to such species as the chaffinch or common finch of Europe, F. cœlebs, and considered typical of the family Fringillidæ. See cut under chaffinch.

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

  • adjective (Zoöl.) A genus of birds, with a short, conical, pointed bill. It formerly included all the sparrows and finches, but is now restricted to certain European finches, like the chaffinch and brambling.

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

  • noun type genus of the Fringillidae: chaffinch, brambling


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