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From Middle English fynche, from Old English fin?, from Proto-Germanic *finkiz (compare Dutch vink, German Fink), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)pingos (“chaffinch”). Compare Welsh pinc (“finch”), Ancient Greek ??????? (spíngos, “chaffinch”), Russian ?????? (pénka, “wren”), Sanskrit ?????? (phi?gaka, “drongo, shrike”).
finch (plural finches)
- Any bird of the family Fringillidae, seed-eating passerine birds, native chiefly to the Northern Hemisphere and usually having a conical beak.
- To hunt for finches, to go finching.