bullfinch

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

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 Visitors can head back to shore and set out in search of avian life, with the Azores bullfinch serving as one of the region’s most sought-after birds. Jared Ranahan, Forbes, 27 May 2021 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, 25 July 2019 In 1949 Konrad Lorenz, an Austrian biologist, recommended fish, hamsters, bullfinches and starlings as excellent pets. The Economist, 22 June 2019 Two years later airport customs agents in Miami arrested a man with 16 bullfinches sewn into his pants. Jenny Staletovich, miamiherald, 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, 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, 17 Aug. 2016 See More

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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 2 Jul. 2022.

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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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