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

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As House Beautiful recently explained, this humble flower attracts goldfinch birds — thanks both to their bright color and their also being a food source for the birds. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "This Gorgeous Purple Flower Can Help Ward Off Unwanted Pests," 24 June 2019 Photos of that display show the flowers towering along an incline on both sides of the escalators and goldfinches gathering in them. Theresa Vargas, Washington Post, "‘Please don’t kill the sunflowers’: The Phantom Planter says Metro destroyed more than 100 sunflowers at the Dupont Circle station," 19 June 2019 These colors will attract hummingbirds, orioles, goldfinches, warblers, bluebirds, and jays. Tainaya Nash, House Beautiful, "The Color Flower That Birds Avoid Completely," 12 June 2019 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, Good Housekeeping, "A Quick Guide to Growing Stunning Black-Eyed Susans and Coneflowers," 29 May 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, Good Housekeeping, "A Quick Guide to Growing Stunning Black-Eyed Susans and Coneflowers," 29 May 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, Good Housekeeping, "A Quick Guide to Growing Stunning Black-Eyed Susans and Coneflowers," 29 May 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, Good Housekeeping, "A Quick Guide to Growing Stunning Black-Eyed Susans and Coneflowers," 29 May 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, Good Housekeeping, "A Quick Guide to Growing Stunning Black-Eyed Susans and Coneflowers," 29 May 2018

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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

noun

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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