Definition of Spinus
1. Noun. In some classifications considered a subgenus of Carduelis: siskins and New World goldfinches.
Generic synonyms: Bird Genus
Group relationships: Family Fringillidae, Fringillidae
Member holonyms: Goldfinch, New World Goldfinch, Spinus Tristis, Yellowbird, Pine Finch, Pine Siskin, Spinus Pinus
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Lexicographical Neighbors of Spinus
Literary usage of Spinus
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. British Song Birds: Being Popular Descriptions and Anecdotes of the by Neville Wood (1836)
"Ind. Orn.— Carduelis spinus, STEPH. Gen. Zool.—SELBY'S Br. Orn.—Siskin, SELBY'S Br. Orn.—Siskin Goldwing, Analyst, No. 14. I AM convinced our Ornithologists ..."
2. A Hand-book to the Birds of Great Britain by Richard Bowdler Sharpe (1896)
"Type, C. spinus (Linn.). Possessing a bill of similar shape to that of the Goldfinches, attenuated and pointed, the Siskins differ from the latter birds ..."