chaf·​finch | \ ˈcha-(ˌ)finch How to pronounce chaffinch (audio) \

Definition of chaffinch

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

Examples of chaffinch in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Now, Hendry and colleagues have updated and expanded the original data set with more than 5,000 additional examples: everything from the cranial depth of the common chaffinch to the lifespan of the Trinidadian guppy. Amit Katwala, Wired, 4 Feb. 2022 Up in the peaks of central Madeira, visitors can spot plain swifts swooping through the sky, while the island’s trees are often packed full of Madeiran chaffinches, a subspecies of the European common chaffinch. Jared Ranahan, Forbes, 31 Oct. 2021 Sparrows, chaffinches, linnets, and several coastal African birds arrived to the island in 1863. National Geographic, 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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jun. 2022.

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