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finch


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Finch  \Finch\,  n.;  pl  {Fishes}.  [AS.  finc;  akin  to  D.  vink, 
  OHG.  fincho,  G.  fink;  cf  W.  pinc  a  finch;  also  E.  spink.] 
  (Zo["o]l.) 
  A  small  singing  bird  of  many  genera  and  species,  belonging  to 
  the  family  {Fringillid[ae]}. 
 
  Note:  The  word  is  often  used  in  composition,  as  in  chaffinch, 
  goldfinch,  grassfinch,  pinefinch,  etc 
 
  {Bramble  finch}.  See  {Brambling}. 
 
  {Canary  finch},  the  canary  bird. 
 
  {Copper  finch}.  See  {Chaffinch}. 
 
  {Diamond  finch}.  See  under  {Diamond}. 
 
  {Finch  falcon}  (Zo["o]l.),  one  of  several  very  small  East 
  Indian  falcons  of  the  genus  {Hierax}. 
 
  {To  pull  a  finch},  to  swindle  an  ignorant  or  unsuspecting 
  person.  [Obs.]  ``Privily  a  finch  eke  could  he  pull.'' 
  --Chaucer. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  finch 
  n  :  any  of  numerous  small  songbirds  with  short  stout  bills 
  adapted  for  crushing  seeds 




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