Attested since the mid 1700s, of obscure origin. Richard Coates suggests that it may derive from Welsh aderyn and draenog with substantial phonological modifications. (The alternative form aber-de-vine shows re-interpretation as a French compound with de.)
aberdevine (plural aberdevines)
- (obsolete outside dialects) The Eurasian siskin or spruce siskin, Spinus spinus, a small green and yellow finch related to the goldfinch. [mid-18th century]
- ^ “aberdevine” in Lesley Brown, editor-in-chief; William R. Trumble and Angus Stevenson, editors, The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary on Historical Principles, 5th edition, Oxford; New York, N.Y.: Oxford University Press, 2002, ISBN 978-0-19-860457-0, page 3.
- ^ Richard Coates, A Possible Etymology for Aberdevine "Siskin", Notes & Queries, September 2011, volume 58, issue 3.