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Definition of "chaffinch" []

  • A small European songbird (Fringilla coelebs), the male of which has predominantly reddish-brown plumage. (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 "chaffinch" in a sentence
  • "In a low tree I spotted a female chaffinch, which is one of the most common birds in Europe and is all but absent in Malta, owing to the country's widespread illegal finch trapping."
  • "The warbling of a chaffinch flitting through the bushes."
  • "House birds like the blue tit or the chaffinch eat seeds or insects, which are easy to find in the countryside when the weather is mild, as it has been for this winter so far."