gold·​finch | \ˈgōl(d)-ˌfinch \

Definition of goldfinch 

: any of several small, active, often brightly-colored finches (genus Carduelis of the family Fringillidae) with yellow in their plumage: such as

a : a small finch (Carduelis tristis) native to North America that in the breeding plumage of the male is yellow with a white rump and black markings on the wings, tail, and crown

called also American goldfinch

b : one (Carduelis carduelis) native to Europe, western and central Asia, and northern Africa that has the front of the head and throat bright red, the nape with part of the wings and tail black, and the wings marked in bright yellow

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In this way, KrioRus has cryopreserved 61 people and 31 pets, including a cat, a goldfinch, and a chinchilla. Laura Mallonee, WIRED, "The Mystics Seeking Eternal Life Through Liquid Nitrogen," 22 June 2018 Leave them standing in the meadow or prairie until spring—birds (including goldfinches) love the seeds, and the cones will remain showy through winter. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "A Quick Guide To Growing Stunning Black-Eyed Susans And Coneflowers," 9 Feb. 2018 Look for goldfinch-sized finches with dark streaking over the body and yellow to cream-colored wing bars. Taylor Piephoff, charlotteobserver, "American goldfinches sport a new look this time of year | Charlotte Observer," 11 Feb. 2018 House finches, white-wing doves, goldfinches and Inca doves used the seeds. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, "What garden damage can S.A. expect from the freeze?," 12 Jan. 2018 Niger seed, otherwise known as thistle, is adored by goldfinches and house finches. Evan Macdonald,, "No one harmed in Christmas house fire in Broadview Heights," 25 Dec. 2017 Theo survives the attack and leaves the museum with a small painting — of a goldfinch — by 17th-century Dutch artist Carel Fabritius. Michael Schaub,, "Ansel Elgort is slated the lead in the adaptation of 'The Goldfinch' by Donna Tartt," 4 Oct. 2017 One bird that is now in the middle of the first nesting of the year is the American goldfinch. Taylor Piephoff, charlotteobserver, "Looking for hummingbirds? Your wait ends soon as their activity increases," 28 July 2017 For this tour in particular, Hawley expects to see many baby birds, as well as resident species such as the lesser goldfinch and the great egret. Jacob Sweet, sacbee, "Expect an abundance of birds during guided walking tour of Soil Born Farms," 13 July 2017

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First Known Use of goldfinch

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of goldfinch

: a small mostly yellow American bird

: a small European bird that has red on its head and yellow and black wings


gold·​finch | \ˈgōld-ˌfinch \

Kids Definition of goldfinch

1 : a small European bird with a yellow patch on each wing

2 : a small mostly yellow American bird

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