finch

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English[edit]

Fringilla coelebs
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Etymology[edit]

From Old English finċ, from Proto-Germanic *finkiz (compare Dutch vink, German Fink), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)pingos (chaffinch) (compare Welsh pinc (finch), Ancient Greek σπίγγος (spíngos, chaffinch), Russian пенка (pénka, wren), Sanskrit फिङ्गक (phiṅgaka, drongo, shrike)).

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finch (plural finches)

  1. Any bird of the family Fringillidae, seed-eating passerine birds, native chiefly to the Northern Hemisphere and usually having a conical beak.

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finch (third-person singular simple present finches, present participle finching, simple past and past participle finched)

  1. To hunt for finches, to go finching.