noun \ˈcha-(ˌ)finch\

: a small European bird

Full Definition of CHAFFINCH

:  a common European finch (Fringilla coelebs of the family Frangillidae) of which the male has a pinkish-brown breast


Middle English, from Old English ceaffinc, from ceaf + finc finch
First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with CHAFFINCH


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs)—H. Schunemann—Bavaria-Verlag

Songbird (Fringilla coelebs) that breeds in gardens and farmlands of Europe and northern Africa to central Asia (and, by introduction, South Africa). It is the most common finch in western Europe. The 6-in. (15-cm) male has a bluish crown, rust-brown back, greenish rump, and pinkish to rust face and breast; the female is greenish brown. The Canary Islands, or blue, chaffinch (F. teydea) is similar.


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