distelfink

noun
dis·tel·fink | \ˈdish-tᵊl-ˌfiŋk, ˈdis-\

Definition of distelfink 

: a traditional Pennsylvania Dutch design motif in the form of a stylized bird

First Known Use of distelfink

1939, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for distelfink

Pennsylvania German dischdelfink, literally, goldfinch, from dischdel thistle + fink finch

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