painted finch
Nonpareil Non`pa*reil", n. [See {Nonpareil}, a. ] 1. Something of unequaled excellence; a peerless thing or person; a nonesuch; -- often used as a name. [1913 Webster]

2. [F. nonpareille.] (Print.) A size of type next smaller than minion and next larger than agate (or ruby). [1913 Webster]

Note: This line is printed in the type called nonpareil. [1913 Webster]

3. (Zo["o]l.) (a) A beautifully colored finch ({Passerina ciris}), native of the Southern United States. The male has the head and neck deep blue, rump and under parts bright red, back and wings golden green, and the tail bluish purple. Called also {painted bunting} and {painted finch}. (b) Any other similar bird of the same genus. [1913 Webster +PJC]

4. (Cookery) A small sphere, less than 1 mm diamter, of colored sugar, used to decorate confections; -- usually used in the plural as though the name of a substance; as, sprinkled with nonpareils. [PJC]

5. pl. A type of candy chocolate consisting of a small flat disk of chocolate, less than one inch diameter, having nonpareils[4] sprinkled on the top; as, she ate a box of nonpareils at the movie. [PJC]


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  • Painted finch — Painted Paint ed, a. 1. Covered or adorned with paint; portrayed in colors. [1913 Webster] As idle as a painted ship Upon a painted ocean. Coleridge. [1913 Webster] 2. (Nat. Hist.) Marked with bright colors; as, the painted turtle; painted… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • painted finch — spalvingosios astrildos statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas atitikmenys: lot. Emblema angl. painted finch; painted firetail vok. Gemalter Astrild, m; Spininfexastrild, m rus. расписной астрильд, m pranc. diamant peint, m ryšiai: platesnis… …   Paukščių pavadinimų žodynas

  • painted finch — spalvingoji astrilda statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas atitikmenys: lot. Emblema pictum angl. painted finch; painted firetail vok. Gemalter Astrild, m; Spinifexastrild, m rus. расписной астрильд, m pranc. diamant peint, m ryšiai: platesnis… …   Paukščių pavadinimų žodynas

  • painted finch — /peɪntəd ˈfɪntʃ/ (say payntuhd finch) noun 1. Also, painted firetail. a Australian finch, Emblema picta, with a brown crown and back, red face, and black flanks with white spots, endemic to spinifex regions of central and western Australia. 2. →… …   Australian English dictionary

  • painted finch — noun see painted bunting …   Useful english dictionary

  • Painted — Paint ed, a. 1. Covered or adorned with paint; portrayed in colors. [1913 Webster] As idle as a painted ship Upon a painted ocean. Coleridge. [1913 Webster] 2. (Nat. Hist.) Marked with bright colors; as, the painted turtle; painted bunting. [1913 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Painted beauty — Painted Paint ed, a. 1. Covered or adorned with paint; portrayed in colors. [1913 Webster] As idle as a painted ship Upon a painted ocean. Coleridge. [1913 Webster] 2. (Nat. Hist.) Marked with bright colors; as, the painted turtle; painted… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Painted cup — Painted Paint ed, a. 1. Covered or adorned with paint; portrayed in colors. [1913 Webster] As idle as a painted ship Upon a painted ocean. Coleridge. [1913 Webster] 2. (Nat. Hist.) Marked with bright colors; as, the painted turtle; painted… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Painted lady — Painted Paint ed, a. 1. Covered or adorned with paint; portrayed in colors. [1913 Webster] As idle as a painted ship Upon a painted ocean. Coleridge. [1913 Webster] 2. (Nat. Hist.) Marked with bright colors; as, the painted turtle; painted… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Painted turtle — Painted Paint ed, a. 1. Covered or adorned with paint; portrayed in colors. [1913 Webster] As idle as a painted ship Upon a painted ocean. Coleridge. [1913 Webster] 2. (Nat. Hist.) Marked with bright colors; as, the painted turtle; painted… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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