chaffinch


chaffinch
/chaf"inch/, n.
a common finch, Fringilla coelebs, of the Old World, often kept as a pet.
[1400-50; late ME chaffynche, OE ceaffinc. See CHAFF1, FINCH]

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Songbird (Fringilla coelebs) that breeds in gardens and farmlands of Europe and northern Africa to central Asia (and, by introduction, South Africa).

It is the most common finch in western Europe. The 6-in. (15-cm) male has a bluish crown, rust-brown back, greenish rump, and pinkish to rust face and breast; the female is greenish brown. The Canary Islands, or blue, chaffinch (F. teydea) is similar.

Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs)

H. Schunemann
Bavaria-Verlag

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bird
 (Fringilla coelebs), songbird of the family Fringillidae (order Passeriformes) that breeds in gardens and farmlands of Europe and northern Africa to central Asia (and, by introduction, South Africa). It is the commonest finch in western Europe. The 15-centimetre (6-inch) male is bluish crowned, with rust-brown back, greenish rump, and pinkish to rust face and breast; the female is greenish brown.

      The Canary Islands, or blue, chaffinch (F. teydea) is similar.

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  • Chaffinch — Fringilla coelebs, male   …   Wikipedia

  • Chaffinch — Chaf finch, n. [Cf. {Chiff chaff}.] (Zo[ o]l.) A bird of Europe ({Fringilla c[oe]lebs}), having a variety of very sweet songs, and highly valued as a cage bird; called also {copper finch}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • chaffinch — (n.) Fringilla cælebs, O.E. ceaffinc, lit. chaff finch, so called for its habit of eating waste grain on farms. See CHAFF (Cf. chaff) + FINCH (Cf. finch) …   Etymology dictionary

  • chaffinch — ► NOUN ▪ a common finch, the male of which has a bluish head, pink underparts, and dark wings with a white flash. ORIGIN Old English …   English terms dictionary

  • chaffinch — [chaf′inch΄] n. [OE ceaffinc: see CHAFF & FINCH: it eats chaff and grain] a small European finch (Fringilla coelebs) that has a white patch on each shoulder: often kept in a cage as a pet …   English World dictionary

  • chaffinch — UK [ˈtʃæfɪntʃ] / US [ˈtʃæˌfɪntʃ] noun [countable] Word forms chaffinch : singular chaffinch plural chaffinches a small bird that is common in Europe and Asia. The male has a red brown breast and a grey head …   English dictionary

  • chaffinch — [OE] Etymologically, a chaffinch is a finch which gets its food by pecking amongst the chaff and other grain debris in the barnyard. The word chaff itself (Old English ceaf) probably goes back to a prehistoric Germanic base *kaf , *kef ‘chew’,… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • chaffinch — [[t]tʃæ̱fɪntʃ[/t]] chaffinches N COUNT A chaffinch is a small European bird. Male chaffinches have reddish brown fronts and grey heads …   English dictionary

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