bullfinch

noun
bull·​finch | \ ˈbu̇l-ˌfinch also ˈbəl- How to pronounce bullfinch (audio) \

Definition of bullfinch

: a European finch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula of the family Fringillidae) having in the male rosy-red underparts, blue-gray back, and black cap, chin, tail, and wings also : any of several other finches

Examples of bullfinch in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Cuban bullfinches aren’t native to the U.S., so this bird could only have been illegally imported or bred from an illegally imported parent. Karine Aigner, National Geographic, "Songbirds are being snatched from Miami’s forests," 25 July 2019 In 1949 Konrad Lorenz, an Austrian biologist, recommended fish, hamsters, bullfinches and starlings as excellent pets. The Economist, "Pet-ownership is booming across the world," 22 June 2019 Two years later airport customs agents in Miami arrested a man with 16 bullfinches sewn into his pants. Jenny Staletovich, miamiherald, "South Florida bird smuggling ring headed to court | Miami Herald," 13 Apr. 2018 Audet compared rural and urban bullfinches on the island and found the city birds had better cognitive abilities and problem-solving skills. The Washington Post, The Denver Post, "Development is forcing some typically monogamous birds to “divorce” their mates," 30 Jan. 2017 In the experiments, 18 out of 42 bullfinches in the lab hauled up their preferred food—in this case, birdseed—on a string. National Geographic, "Brainy Birds Know How to Reel in Food With String," 17 Aug. 2016

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First Known Use of bullfinch

circa 1570, in the meaning defined above

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“Bullfinch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bullfinch. Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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bullfinch

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How to pronounce bullfinch (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of bullfinch

: a small European bird

bullfinch

noun
bull·​finch | \ ˈbu̇l-ˌfinch How to pronounce bullfinch (audio) \

Kids Definition of bullfinch

: a European songbird that has a thick bill and a red breast

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