plural noun

: 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

Word History


New Latin, from Fringilla, type genus + -idae

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“Fringillidae.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 May. 2023.

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