goldfinch

noun 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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First Known Use of goldfinch

before 12th century


GOLDFINCH Defined for English Language Learners

goldfinch

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Definition of goldfinch for English Language Learners

  • : a small mostly yellow American bird

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


GOLDFINCH Defined for Kids

goldfinch

noun gold·finch \ ˈgōld-ˌfinch \

Definition of goldfinch for Students

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


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