Finch

Finch

(fnch), n.;
pl. Finches (fnch"z).
[AS. finc; akin to D. vink, OHG. fincho, G. fink; cf. W. pinc a finch; also E. spink.] (Zol.) A small singing bird of many genera and species, belonging to the family Fringillid.
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The word is often used in composition, as in chaffinch, goldfinch, grassfinch, pinefinch, etc.
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Bramble finch. See Brambling. -- Canary finch, the canary bird. -- Copper finch. See Chaffinch. -- Diamond finch. See under Diamond. -- Finch falcon (Zol.), 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.
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