siskin

noun
sis·​kin | \ ˈsi-skən How to pronounce siskin (audio) \

Definition of siskin

: a small chiefly greenish and yellowish finch (Carduelis spinus) of Europe, Asia, and northern Africa that is related to the goldfinch — compare pine siskin, red siskin

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Recent Examples on the Web Basically, the process of trafficking a siskin may start with a trapper in a rural area. Joshua Rapp Learn, Smithsonian Magazine, "Heavily Trafficked Songbirds Have a Path Back to Resiliency," 6 Apr. 2020 Researchers are working on learning more about trafficking rings in an effort to potentially recruit some of the breeders and other players to help with siskin conservation. Joshua Rapp Learn, Smithsonian Magazine, "Heavily Trafficked Songbirds Have a Path Back to Resiliency," 6 Apr. 2020 The first red siskins just arrived at SCBI in 2015. Jackson Landers, Smithsonian, "Spring Brings a Wave of Baby Animals to the Zoo," 18 May 2017 The very first red siskin chick ever born at SCBI hatched in mid-April. Jackson Landers, Smithsonian, "Spring Brings a Wave of Baby Animals to the Zoo," 18 May 2017 Finches, pine siskins, chickadees and woodpeckers eat the seeds from the pine cones and glean insects from the bark. Jennifer J. Meyer, Orange County Register, "Create a haven for songbirds," 24 Jan. 2017 Smithsonian hopes to eventually breed enough red siskins to support a reintroduction program and bolster the wild population in South America. Jackson Landers, Smithsonian, "Spring Brings a Wave of Baby Animals to the Zoo," 18 May 2017

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First Known Use of siskin

1544, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for siskin

German dialect Sisschen, diminutive of Middle High German zīse siskin, of Slav origin; akin to Czech čížek siskin

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“Siskin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/siskin. Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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