goldfinch

noun
gold·​finch | \ ˈgōl(d)-ˌfinch How to pronounce goldfinch (audio) \

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

Examples of goldfinch in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Eventually any seeds that are produced will be eaten by lesser goldfinches, cardinals and other seed-eating birds. Calvin Finch, ExpressNews.com, "Calvin Finch: Geraniums and petunias are putting on a show in San Antonio gardens," 26 Mar. 2020 One shows Jesus on his mother’s lap with pink flowers in his hands, another with a goldfinch on his leg. Washington Post, "Raphael show with famous Madonna paintings opens in Berlin," 11 Dec. 2019 Piantedosi said that according to the US Department of Agriculture, at least 18 species of birds, including mourning doves, wild turkeys, bobwhite quail, cedar waxwings, and goldfinches, are known to eat the fruit of American holly. BostonGlobe.com, "From Christmas decorations to classic holiday songs like “Deck The Halls,” holly is a traditional part of the Christmas season. It’s pointy-edged, dark green leaves and bright red berries are commonly used to make festive looking wreaths that adorn doorways and windows this time of year.," 5 Dec. 2019 American and lesser goldfinches will be attracted to a tube feeder with slit openings that are built especially for thistle seed. Calvin Finch, ExpressNews.com, "If you feed them, birds will come," 10 Oct. 2019 In addition to the resident cardinals, blue jays, wrens, titmice, lesser goldfinches, doves and golden fronted woodpeckers, gardeners are reporting visits by migrating orioles, buntings, robins and warblers. Calvin Finch, ExpressNews.com, "If you feed them, birds will come," 10 Oct. 2019 Grassland birds like sparrows and goldfinches took the hardest hit, losing more than half their population; shorebirds lost more than a third of their numbers. CBS News, "How North America lost nearly 3 billion birds over the last 50 years," 20 Sep. 2019 By planting native flowers and grasses, bird watchers soon will begin seeing species like the indigo bunting, sparrows, pheasants, goldfinch and catbirds. Micah Walker, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Audubon turns east side park into a haven for bird watchers," 3 Sep. 2019 The bird, of course, is a goldfinch–or rather a painting of one from the 17th century by the Dutch artist Carel Fabritius. Time, "Behind the Scenes of The Goldfinch, a Rare and Delicate Hollywood Specimen," 22 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of goldfinch

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

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“Goldfinch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/goldfinch. Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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More Definitions for goldfinch

goldfinch

noun
How to pronounce goldfinch (audio)

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

goldfinch

noun
gold·​finch | \ ˈgōld-ˌfinch How to pronounce goldfinch (audio) \

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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