from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of several small American finches of the genus Carduelis, especially C. tristis, of which the male has yellow plumage with a black forehead, wings, and tail.
- n. A small Eurasian finch (Carduelis carduelis) having brownish plumage with black wings boldly marked with yellow and a red patch across the face.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A small passerine bird of the finch family; the European goldfinch, Carduelis carduelis, the American goldfinch, Carduelis tristis, Lawrence's Goldfinch, Carduelis lawrencei, or the lesser goldfinch, Carduelis psaltria.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A beautiful bright-colored European finch (Carduelis elegans). The name refers to the large patch of yellow on the wings. The front of the head and throat are bright red; the nape, with part of the wings and tail, black; -- called also goldspink, goldie, fool's coat, drawbird, draw-water, thistle finch, and sweet William.
- n. The yellow-hammer.
- n. A small American finch (Spinus tristis); the thistle bird.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An elegant European siskin or thistle-bird, Carduelis elegans, of the family Fringillidæ, having wings conspicuously marked with yellow, and a crimson face.
- n. The American thistle-bird, Chrysomitris tristis, of the family Fringillidæ, having a yellow body, with black cap, wings, and tail, the latter marked also with white.
- n. Some finch like or likened to either of the above, as the Arkansan goldfinch, Chry-somitris psaltria.
- n. The yellow bunting, Emberiza citrinella: a misnomer.
- n. A gold piece; a sovereign.
- n. In angling, the name of an artificial salmon-fly.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. American finch whose male has yellow body plumage in summer
- n. small European finch having a crimson face and yellow-and-black wings
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The weight of the bird bends it down even more, nearly touching the stones, but the goldfinch is a determined diner hanging rump up to get the tasty morsels.
The goldfinch is a symbol of Christ's future death on the cross.
There is, for instance, that charming letter about the escaped goldfinch, which is not spoiled for us even though we may take
This love-song of the goldfinch is the climax of the summer's bird-song.
But the wren screamed loudest of all, and said that the goldfinch was a painted impostor, and had not got half so much gold as the yellow-hammer.
The goldfinch is a fun bird to spot around Lincoln. juditu ...
I didn't know that the goldfinch is the only one that eats upside down.
Blotch-finches get more yellow by the day, and may deserve the label "goldfinch" soon.
Another such word is geoduck, which is pronounced "gooey duck"; a less violently dissonant, but still unpredictable, spelling is distelfink, which according to Merriam-Webster's is pronounced DISH-tlfink it's from Pennsylvania Dutch dischdelfink 'goldfinch', although the AHD gives the normalized DIST-lfink.
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