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

  • noun Any of several Eurasian or African finches of the genus Serinus having yellow or greenish plumage, especially S. serinus of Europe and northern Africa.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A small fringilline bird of central and southern Europe, the finch Fringilla serinus or Scrinus hortulanus, closely related to the canary.

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

  • noun (Zoöl.) A European finch (Serinus hortulanus) closely related to the canary.

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

  • noun Any of various small finches in the genus Serinus, with largely yellow plumage.

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

  • noun any of various brown and yellow finches of parts of Europe

Etymologies

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

[French, from Old French, perhaps from Old Provençal serena, a kind of bird, from Late Latin sīrēna, from Latin sīrēn, from Greek seirēn.]

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