Darwin's finches

plural noun

Dar·​win's finches ˌdär-wənz- How to pronounce Darwin's finches (audio)
: finches of a subfamily (Geospizinae) having great variation in bill shape and confined mostly to the Galápagos Islands

Examples of Darwin's finches in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Their conclusions are backed up by other studies of evolution, such as in Darwin's finches, or the peppered moth. Nathaniel Scharping, Discover Magazine, 22 Feb. 2018

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Charles Darwin

First Known Use

1936, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of Darwin's finches was in 1936

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Darwin's finches

noun plural
Dar·​win's finches ˌdär-wənz- How to pronounce Darwin's finches (audio)
: finches of the Galápagos Islands that differ strikingly in bill shape among the various species and that were studied by Darwin
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