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 Sparrows gathered at the bird feeder and a banana-yellow goldfinch perched on the apple tree. Nara Schoenberg, Chicago Tribune, 26 May 2022 The common redpoll is about the size of a goldfinch and breeds in the taiga of northern Canada and Alaska and winters in southern Canada and northern U.S. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 2 Feb. 2022 Each packet contained six different related pictures -- for example, six different bird species: one woodpecker, four parrots, one goldfinch, one tree swallow, etc. Mary Jane Brewer, cleveland, 16 Nov. 2021 Now the sunflowers are starting to wane and goldfinch are eating the seeds. BostonGlobe.com, 18 Oct. 2021 In 2020 there were two, a lesser goldfinch and an Allen's hummingbird, Brady said. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 3 Aug. 2021 In 2020 there were two, a lesser goldfinch and an Allen's hummingbird, Brady said. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 3 Aug. 2021 In 2020 there were two, a lesser goldfinch and an Allen's hummingbird, Brady said. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 3 Aug. 2021 In 2020 there were two, a lesser goldfinch and an Allen's hummingbird, Brady said. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 3 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of goldfinch

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Goldfinch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/goldfinch. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for goldfinch

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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