Part of speech: noun

A finch with brilliant markings of black and yellow.

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Usage examples "goldfinch":

  1. A goldfinch swung on a swaying hazel branch and looked at him with bright eyes, unafraid; a grass snake slid swiftly by- it was out on particular business of its own, so it was not afraid of Dickie nor he of it. - "Harding's luck", E. [Edith] Nesbit.
  2. She'll buy a dear little singing goldfinch and put him in a cage and hang him up in the window. - "The Passionate Elopement", Compton Mackenzie.
  3. If I were a goldfinch, I think I should make my abode permanent in the sparrowless south. - "The Cardinal's Snuff-Box", Henry Harland.