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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]


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