noun Date: circa 1570 a European finch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula of the family Fringillidae) having in the male rosy-red underparts, blue-gray back, and black cap, chin, tail, and wings; also any of several other finches

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  • Bullfinch — is a name given to two groups of passerine birds.The true bullfinches are thick billed finches in the passerine family Fringillidae. They comprise the genus Pyrrhula . These birds are restricted to the Old World, and are:* Brown Bullfinch,… …   Wikipedia

  • Bullfinch — Bull finch , n. (Zo[ o]l.) A bird of the genus {Pyrrhula} and other related genera, especially the {Pyrrhula vulgaris} or {Pyrrhula rubicilla}, a bird of Europe allied to the grosbeak, having the breast, cheeks, and neck, red. [1913 Webster] Note …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Bullfinch — (engl., spr. finsch), Erdaufwurf mit Hecke beim Hindernisrennen …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • bullfinch — 1560s, from BULL (Cf. bull) (1) + FINCH (Cf. finch); supposedly so called for the shape of its head and neck; Cf. Fr. bouvreuil …   Etymology dictionary

  • bullfinch — ► NOUN ▪ a finch with mainly grey and black plumage, of which the male has a pink breast …   English terms dictionary

  • bullfinch — [bool′finch΄] n. [ BULL + FINCH] any of various finches of Europe, Asia, and North America; esp., a European species (Pyrrhula pyrrhula) with a black head and white rump …   English World dictionary

  • bullfinch — bullfinch1 /bool finch /, n. 1. a European finch, Pyrrhula pyrrhula, often kept as a pet, the male of which has a black, white, and bluish gray back and a rosy breast. 2. any of several related or similar birds. [1560 70; BULL1 (perh. in sense… …   Universalium

  • Bullfinch — Bull|finch [...fintʃ] der; s, s <aus gleichbed. engl. bullfinch, älter engl. bullfinch fence »Gimpelzaun«> hohe Hecke als Hindernis bei Pferderennen …   Das große Fremdwörterbuch

  • bullfinch — UK [ˈbʊlˌfɪntʃ] / US noun [countable] Word forms bullfinch : singular bullfinch plural bullfinches a small European bird with grey and pink feathers …   English dictionary

  • Bullfinch — Bull|finch [ bʊlfɪntʃ], der; s, s [engl. bullfinch, H. u.] (Pferdesport): hohe Hecke als Hindernis bei Pferderennen …   Universal-Lexikon

  • bullfinch — [[t]b ʊlfɪntʃ[/t]] bullfinches N COUNT A bullfinch is a type of small European bird. The male has a black head and a pinkish red breast …   English dictionary

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