goldfinch

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From Middle English goldfinch, goldfynch, goldefynch, from Old English goldfinċ, equivalent to gold +‎ finch.

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goldfinch (plural goldfinches)

A goldfinch
  1. Any of several small passerine birds of the finch family
    1. The European goldfinch, Carduelis carduelis
    2. The American goldfinch, Carduelis tristis, now Spinus tristis
    3. Lawrence's goldfinch, Carduelis lawrencei, now Spinus lawrencei
    4. The lesser goldfinch, Carduelis psaltria, now Spinus psaltria.

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