chaffinch

noun
chaf·finch | \ˈcha-(ˌ)finch \

Definition of chaffinch 

: a common European finch (Fringilla coelebs of the family Frangillidae) of which the male has a pinkish-brown breast

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Sparrows, chaffinches, linnets, and several coastal African birds arrived to the island in 1863. National Geographic, "Mysterious Island Experiment Could Help Us Colonize Other Planets," 8 May 2017

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First Known Use of chaffinch

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for chaffinch

Middle English, from Old English ceaffinc, from ceaf + finc finch

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chaffinch

noun

English Language Learners Definition of chaffinch

: a small European bird

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