Diamond finch
Finch Finch (f[i^]nch), n.; pl. {Finches} (f[i^]nch"[e^]z). [AS. finc; akin to D. vink, OHG. fincho, G. fink; cf. W. pinc a finch; also E. spink.] (Zo["o]l.) A small singing bird of many genera and species, belonging to the family {Fringillid[ae]}. [1913 Webster]

Note: The word is often used in composition, as in chaffinch, goldfinch, grassfinch, pinefinch, etc. [1913 Webster]

{Bramble finch}. See {Brambling}.

{Canary finch}, the canary bird.

{Copper finch}. See {Chaffinch}.

{Diamond finch}. See under {Diamond}.

{Finch falcon} (Zo["o]l.), one of several very small East Indian falcons of the genus {Hierax}.

{To pull a finch}, to swindle an ignorant or unsuspecting person. [Obs.] ``Privily a finch eke could he pull.'' --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]


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  • Diamond finch — Diamond Di a*mond (?; 277), n. [OE. diamaund, diamaunt, F. diamant, corrupted, fr. L. adamas, the hardest iron, steel, diamond, Gr. ?. Perh. the corruption is due to the influence of Gr. ? transparent. See {Adamant}, {Tame}.] 1. A precious stone… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Finch — (f[i^]nch), n.; pl. {Finches} (f[i^]nch [e^]z). [AS. finc; akin to D. vink, OHG. fincho, G. fink; cf. W. pinc a finch; also E. spink.] (Zo[ o]l.) A small singing bird of many genera and species, belonging to the family {Fringillid[ae]}. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Finch falcon — Finch Finch (f[i^]nch), n.; pl. {Finches} (f[i^]nch [e^]z). [AS. finc; akin to D. vink, OHG. fincho, G. fink; cf. W. pinc a finch; also E. spink.] (Zo[ o]l.) A small singing bird of many genera and species, belonging to the family… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Diamond — Di a*mond (?; 277), n. [OE. diamaund, diamaunt, F. diamant, corrupted, fr. L. adamas, the hardest iron, steel, diamond, Gr. ?. Perh. the corruption is due to the influence of Gr. ? transparent. See {Adamant}, {Tame}.] 1. A precious stone or gem… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Diamond beetle — Diamond Di a*mond (?; 277), n. [OE. diamaund, diamaunt, F. diamant, corrupted, fr. L. adamas, the hardest iron, steel, diamond, Gr. ?. Perh. the corruption is due to the influence of Gr. ? transparent. See {Adamant}, {Tame}.] 1. A precious stone… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Diamond bird — Diamond Di a*mond (?; 277), n. [OE. diamaund, diamaunt, F. diamant, corrupted, fr. L. adamas, the hardest iron, steel, diamond, Gr. ?. Perh. the corruption is due to the influence of Gr. ? transparent. See {Adamant}, {Tame}.] 1. A precious stone… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Diamond drill — Diamond Di a*mond (?; 277), n. [OE. diamaund, diamaunt, F. diamant, corrupted, fr. L. adamas, the hardest iron, steel, diamond, Gr. ?. Perh. the corruption is due to the influence of Gr. ? transparent. See {Adamant}, {Tame}.] 1. A precious stone… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Diamond groove — Diamond Di a*mond (?; 277), n. [OE. diamaund, diamaunt, F. diamant, corrupted, fr. L. adamas, the hardest iron, steel, diamond, Gr. ?. Perh. the corruption is due to the influence of Gr. ? transparent. See {Adamant}, {Tame}.] 1. A precious stone… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Diamond mortar — Diamond Di a*mond (?; 277), n. [OE. diamaund, diamaunt, F. diamant, corrupted, fr. L. adamas, the hardest iron, steel, diamond, Gr. ?. Perh. the corruption is due to the influence of Gr. ? transparent. See {Adamant}, {Tame}.] 1. A precious stone… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Diamond snake — Diamond Di a*mond (?; 277), n. [OE. diamaund, diamaunt, F. diamant, corrupted, fr. L. adamas, the hardest iron, steel, diamond, Gr. ?. Perh. the corruption is due to the influence of Gr. ? transparent. See {Adamant}, {Tame}.] 1. A precious stone… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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