A goldfinch perched on a branch.Licensed from iStockPhoto
Origin: Middle English from Old English goldfinc: see gold and amp; finch
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- Any of several small American finches of the genus Carduelis, especially C. tristis, of which the male has yellow plumage with a black forehead, wings, and tail.
- A small Eurasian finch (Carduelis carduelis) having brownish plumage with black wings boldly marked with yellow and a red patch across the face.