any of numerous small songbirds with short stout bills adapted for crushing seeds
Any bird of the family Fringillidae, seed-eating passerine birds, native chiefly to the Northern Hemisphere and usually having a conical beak.
To hunt for finches, to go finching.
Origin: finċ, from *funkiz, funkjon (compare vink, Fink), from *(s)pingos 'chaffinch' (compare pinc 'finch', spingos 'chaffinch', penka 'wren', phingaka 'drongo, shrike').
a small singing bird of many genera and species, belonging to the family Fringillidae
Origin: [AS. finc; akin to D. vink, OHG. fincho, G. fink; cf. W. pinc a finch; also E. spink.]
The true finches are passerine birds in the family Fringillidae. They are predominantly seed-eating songbirds. Most are native to the Northern Hemisphere, but one subfamily is endemic to the Neotropics, one to the Hawaiian Islands, and one subfamily – monotypic at genus level – is found only in the Palaearctic. The scientific name Fringillidae comes from the Latin word fringilla for the Common Chaffinch – a member of that last subfamily – which is common in Europe. Many birds in other families are also commonly called "finches", including some species in the very similar-looking waxbills or estrildid finches of the Old World tropics and Australia; several groups of the bunting and American sparrow family; and Darwin's finches of the Galapagos islands, which provided evidence of natural selection and are now recognized to be peculiar tanagers.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
finsh, n. a name applied to many Passerine birds, esp. to those of the genus Fringilla or family Fringillidæ—bullfinch, chaffinch, goldfinch, &c.—adjs. Finch′-backed, Finched, striped or spotted on the back. [A.S. finc; Ger. fink.]
Song lyrics by finch -- Explore a large variety of song lyrics performed by finch on the Lyrics.com website.
The numerical value of finch in Chaldean Numerology is: 4
The numerical value of finch in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
We never received a letter of endorsement for Finch from the Job Creation party, now, it's too late.
This case is about whether the minister correctly applied the law when considering the impacts of the project on the Great Barrier Reef and endangered Black-throated finch.
My decision has been taken as a result of an extremely busy playing schedule around the time of the Olympics and other commitments, both personal and professional, i have informed the Australian team captain( Ian Baker-Finch) and relevant authorities, who are understanding of my position and I wish the Australian Olympic team the very best of luck in Rio.
Images & Illustrations of finch
Translations for finch
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- зяблік, берасцянкаBelarusian
- pinsàCatalan, Valencian
- llinos, pincWelsh
- σπίνος, σπίζαGreek
- فنچ, سهرهPersian
- cardellino, fringuello, canarinoItalian
- fringilidă, fringilid, cintezăRomanian
- hifrin, jifrin, frinül, frinVolapük
Get even more translations for finch »
Find a translation for the finch definition in other languages:
Select another language: