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 Looking similar to a large, stocky goldfinch with formidable bill, the showy evening grosbeak is a special-concern species in Wisconsin. Jennifer Rude Klett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 8 Apr. 2021 The American goldfinches visiting from the North are not brightly colored in the winter, but our resident lesser goldfinch males are very colorful. Calvin Finch,, 15 Oct. 2020 Eventually any seeds that are produced will be eaten by lesser goldfinches, cardinals and other seed-eating birds. Calvin Finch,, 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, 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., 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,, 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,, 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, 20 Sep. 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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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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 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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