Definition of finch
: any of numerous passerine songbirds (families Fringillidae, Estrildidae, Emberizidae, and Cardinalidae) having a short stout usually conical bill adapted for crushing seeds
Recent Examples of finch from the Web
Workers discovered the cages were filled with ducklings, quail, parakeets, bunnies, love birds, chickens, roosters and finches.
Some female finches use white feathers to line their nest, perhaps to camouflage white eggs.
Now another group of finch-like birds has provided a similar example, but of a different kind of evolution, one driven not by the demands of the environment, but by the demands of female birds.
In our yard in western Alabama were dozens of doves, hundreds of finches, an abundance of blue jays.
Birders also heard the avian operas of house finches, calls of northern flickers, trills of red-winged blackbirds.
The restaurant’s name is a nod to both Darwin’s Galápagos finch (and evolution) and the American goldfinches McMackin saw growing up.
The zebra finch nailed it while the Ph.D. student couldn’t even come close!
Indeed, the best examples, such as Darwin’s finches, come from these environments.
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Origin and Etymology of finch
Middle English, from Old English finc; akin to Old High German fincho finch and perhaps to Greek spiza chaffinch
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
FINCH Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of finch for English Language Learners
: a small bird with a short, thick beak
FINCH Defined for Kids
Definition of finch for Students
: a songbird (as a sparrow, bunting, or canary) with a short bill used for eating seeds
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