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 (Spinus tristis, syn. Carduelis tristis)
    3. Lawrence's goldfinch (Spinus lawrencei, syn. Carduelis lawrencei)
    4. The lesser goldfinch (Spinus psaltria, syn. Carduelis psaltria).

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