Definition of Goldfinch

1. Noun. American finch whose male has yellow body plumage in summer.

Exact synonyms: New World Goldfinch, Spinus Tristis, Yellowbird
Generic synonyms: Finch
Group relationships: Genus Spinus, Spinus



2. Noun. Small European finch having a crimson face and yellow-and-black wings.
Exact synonyms: Carduelis Carduelis
Generic synonyms: Finch
Group relationships: Carduelis, Genus Carduelis

Definition of Goldfinch

1. n. A beautiful bright- colored European finch (Carduelis elegans). The name refers to the large patch of yellow on the wings. The front of the head and throat are bright red; the nape, with part of the wings and tail, black; -- called also goldspink, goldie, fool's coat, drawbird, draw-water, thistle finch, and sweet William.

Definition of Goldfinch

1. Noun. A small passerine bird of the finch family; the European goldfinch, ''Carduelis carduelis'', the American goldfinch, ''Carduelis tristis'', Lawrence's Goldfinch, ''Carduelis lawrencei'', or the lesser goldfinch, ''Carduelis psaltria''. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Goldfinch

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Medical Definition of Goldfinch

1. A beautiful bright-coloured European finch (Carduelis elegans). The name refers to the large patch of yellow on the wings. The front of the head and throat are bright red; the nape, with part of the wings and tail, black; called also goldspink, goldie, fool's coat, drawbird, draw-water, thistle finch, and sweet William. The yellow-hammer. A small American finch (Spinus tristis); the thistle bird. The name is also applied to other yellow finches, especially. To several additional American species of Spinus. Origin: AS. Goldfinc. See Gold, and Finch. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Goldfinch

goldenrod
goldenrods
goldens
goldenseal
goldenseals
goldeny
golder
goldes
goldest
goldeye
goldeyes
goldfield
goldfieldite
goldfields
goldfilled
goldfinch (current term)
goldfinches
goldfinny
goldfish
goldfish bowl
goldfishes
goldfishlike
goldhammer
goldhammers
goldichite
goldie
goldie's wood fern
goldier
goldiest
goldilocks

Literary usage of Goldfinch

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1. The Birds of America by John James Audubon (1841)
"The flight of the American goldfinch is exactly similar to that of the European ... So much does the song of our goldfinch resemble that of the European ..."

2. The Review of Education (1902)
"In building his nest, the goldfinch uses much ingenuity, ... A curious story is told of a caged goldfinch, which in pleasant weather always hung in a window ..."

3. The Knickerbocker: Or, New-York Monthly Magazine by Charles Fenno Hoffman, Timothy Flint, Lewis Gaylord Clark, Kinahan Cornwallis, John Holmes Agnew (1843)
"A goldfinch of her darling young To all her mates the praises sung. ... 'T was thus the simple goldfinch sung, Repeating fondly all the while His praises to ..."

4. The German Classics of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries: Masterpieces by Isidore Singer, William Guild Howard (1914)
"THE goldfinch* THE sunlight stabs; a thistle plot Gleams in the noontide still and hot. Above the wide and jagged mere Of leaves the stalks are lifting ..."

5. A History of British Birds by William Yarrell, Alfred Newton, Howard Saunders (1882)
"THE genus Carduelis, founded by Brisson to receive the goldfinch and some other birds, has been pretty generally adopted by naturalists, though many have ..."

6. Orr's Circle of the Sciences: A Series of Treatires on the Principles of by Richard Owen, Wm S Orr, John Radford Young, Alexander Jardine, Robert Gordon Latham, Edward Smith, William Sweetland Dallas (1855)
"The goldfinch feeds upon the seeds of various plants, but is especially fond of those of the different kinds of Thistle, and wherever these plants have been ..."

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