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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]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Carduelis elegans — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • draw-water — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fool's coat — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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 Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • goldie — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • goldspink — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Spinus tristis — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • thistle finch — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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