Spinus

noun Spi·nus \ ˈspīnəs , -pēn- \

Definition of Spinus

in former classifications
:a genus of small finches that included the siskins and the New World goldfinches
Note: Species formerly classified in this genus are now classified in in the genus Carduelis

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Origin and Etymology of spinus

New Latin, from Greek spinos chaffinch


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