See also: Finch

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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English fynche, 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 пе́нка (pénka, wren), Sanskrit फिङ्गक (phiṅgaka, drongo, shrike).

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NounEdit

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.

ReferencesEdit

  • finch at OneLook Dictionary Search
  • finch in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911.

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finch

  1. Alternative form of fynche