plural noun
Frin·​gil·​li·​dae | \ frinˈjiləˌdē \

Definition of Fringillidae

: a family of small seed-eating passerine birds that comprise the finches, that have strong bills which are short and usually thick at the base, and that often exhibit well-marked sexual dimorphism with the juveniles resembling the females

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History and Etymology for Fringillidae

New Latin, from Fringilla, type genus + -idae

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“Fringillidae.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2021.

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