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]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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