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.
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