fringilla definition

  • adjective:
    • A genus of birds, with a brief, conical, pointed bill. It formerly included all the sparrows and finches, but is today restricted to certain European finches, such as the chaffinch and brambling.
  • noun:
    • A Linnean genus of wild birds, the finches, once almost conterminous aided by the modern-day household Fringillidæ, and of no determinate limitations: now typically restricted to such types while the chaffinch or common finch of Europe, F. cœlebs, and considered typical associated with the family members Fringillidæ. See cut under chaffinch.
    • type genus of the Fringillidae: chaffinch, brambling

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