sweet William
Goldfinch Gold"finch`, n. [AS. goldfinc. See {Gold}, and {Finch}.] (Zo["o]l.) (a) 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}. (b) The yellow-hammer. (c) A small American finch ({Spinus tristis}); the thistle bird. [1913 Webster]

Note: The name is also applied to other yellow finches, esp. to several additional American species of {Spinus}. [1913 Webster]


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  • Sweet William — Sweet Sweet, a. [Compar. {Sweeter}; superl. {Sweetest}.] [OE. swete, swote, sote, AS. sw[=e]te; akin to OFries. sw[=e]te, OS. sw[=o]ti, D. zoet, G. s[ u]ss, OHG. suozi, Icel. s[ae]tr, s[oe]tr, Sw. s[ o]t, Dan. s[ o]d, Goth. suts, L. suavis, for… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sweet William — Allgemeine Informationen Genre(s) Rock Gründung 1986 Gründungsmitglieder …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • sweet william — ► NOUN ▪ a fragrant plant with flattened clusters of vivid red, pink, or white flowers …   English terms dictionary

  • sweet william — n. [also s W ] a perennial pink ( Dianthus barbatus) with dense, flat clusters of small flowers …   English World dictionary

  • sweet william — UK [ˌswiːt ˈwɪljəm] / US [ˌswɪt ˈwɪljəm] noun [countable] Word forms sweet william : singular sweet william plural sweet williams a plant with white, pink, or red flowers …   English dictionary

  • sweet william — a pink, Dianthus barbatus, having clusters of small, variously colored flowers. Also, sweet William. Also called bunch pink. [1555 65] * * * Garden plant (Dianthus barbatus) in the pink family, grown for its clusters of small, brightly coloured… …   Universalium

  • sweet William — šiurpinis gvazdikas statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Gvazdikinių šeimos dekoratyvinis augalas (Dianthus barbatus), paplitęs pietryčių Europoje ir pietvakarių Azijoje. atitikmenys: lot. Dianthus barbatus angl. bearded pink; London tufts;… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • sweet-William — šiurpinis gvazdikas statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Gvazdikinių šeimos dekoratyvinis augalas (Dianthus barbatus), paplitęs pietryčių Europoje ir pietvakarių Azijoje. atitikmenys: lot. Dianthus barbatus angl. bearded pink; London tufts;… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • sweet William — Willow Wil low, n. [OE. wilowe, wilwe, AS. wilig, welig; akin to OD. wilge, D. wilg, LG. wilge. Cf. {Willy}.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Bot.) Any tree or shrub of the genus {Salix}, including many species, most of which are characterized often used as… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sweet William — šluotelinis flioksas statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Palemoninių šeimos dekoratyvinis augalas (Phlox paniculata), paplitęs Šiaurės Amerikoje. atitikmenys: lot. Phlox paniculata angl. fall phlox; fall pink; garden phlox; panicled phlox;… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

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