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Definition of "bullfinch" [bull•finch]

  • A European bird (Pyrrhula pyrrhula) having a short thick bill and in the male a red breast, blue-gray back, and black head, wings, and tail. (noun)
  • Any of several similar finches. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "bullfinch" in a sentence
  • "The bullfinch is a native of the northern countries of Europe, occurring in Italy and other southern parts only as a winter visitor."
  • "This is the universal "stake and bond" hedge of the shires, impenetrable to cattle, unbreakable, and imperishable, because the half-cut bonds, the stakes, and the small stuff all shoot again, and in a few years make the famous "bullfinch" with stake and bond below, and a tall mass of interlacing thorns and small stuff above."
  • "The bullfinch is a homely little bird, almost as domestic as the robin; they just stay here, isn't that it? ""