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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

Examples of finch in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At the Mustang Library bus stop, riders are greeted by a small flock of metal finches, slightly larger than life size, reading from metal books. Kerry Lengel, azcentral, "Scottsdale's best public art: 'LOVE' and 11 more selfie-worthy sculptures and other works," 10 Jan. 2020 The results are dismal, showing that a staggering 90 percent of the lost populations come from 12 types of birds: American sparrows, wood warblers, blackbirds, and finches. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, "Where Have All the Birds Gone?," 26 Sep. 2019 Birds such as sparrows, warblers, finches and blackbirds have been hit particularly hard, the study found. Sophie Lewis, CBS News, "North America has lost nearly 3 billion birds since 1970," 19 Sep. 2019 Almost 90% of the birds lost came from 12 common songbird families like sparrow, blackbirds, warblers, finches and swallows. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "US and Canada have lost 2.9 billion birds since 1970, study says," 19 Sep. 2019 The ornaments are 84 birds, including cardinals, chickadees, canaries, blue birds, woodpeckers, blue jays and gold finches. cleveland, "Olmsted Falls Garden Club is busy year round: Olmsted Dates and Data," 6 Dec. 2019 The finches eventually did develop anti-predator behavior, learning to fly away when a potential threat approached. Jessie Yeung, CNN, "Is fear hereditary? Darwin's frightened Galapagos finches suggest the answer is yes," 20 Nov. 2019 According to the findings, of the nearly 3 billion birds lost, 90 percent belong to 12 bird families, including sparrows, warblers, finches, and swallows. Cori Brown,, "Cori Brown: Little Brown Jobs need name tags," 29 Sep. 2019 Those cats hunted finches, scaring the small birds who were unused to the predator. Jessie Yeung, CNN, "Is fear hereditary? Darwin's frightened Galapagos finches suggest the answer is yes," 20 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of finch

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for finch

Middle English fynche, fynch, going back to Old English fink, going back to West Germanic *finki-, *finkja-, perhaps going back to an Indo-European echoic noun base *ping-, whence also Greek pínga "nestling" and, with mobile s, Greek spíngon "siskin," Old Norse spiki "tit", Swedish spink "finch" (in regional gulspink "yellowhammer" or "great tit"), dialectal English spink "finch" (perhaps borrowed from Scandinavian)

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The first known use of finch was before the 12th century

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18 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Finch.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of finch

: a small bird with a short, thick beak


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Kids Definition of finch

: a songbird (as a sparrow, bunting, or canary) with a short bill used for eating seeds

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