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 for Goldfinch
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Goldfinch \Gold"finch`\, n. [AS. goldfinc. See Gold, and
     Finch.] (Zool.)
     (a) A beautiful bright-colored European finch ({Carduelis
         elegans). The name refers to the large patch of yellow
         on the wings. The front of the head and throat are bright
         red; the nape, with part of the wings and tail, black; --
         called also goldspink, goldie, fool's coat,
         drawbird, draw-water, thistle finch, and sweet
     (b) The yellow-hammer.
     (c) A small American finch ({Spinus tristis); the thistle
         [1913 Webster]
     Note: The name is also applied to other yellow finches, esp.
           to several additional American species of Spinus.
           [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: American finch whose male has yellow body plumage in summer
           [syn: New World goldfinch, goldfinch, yellowbird,
           Spinus tristis]
      2: small European finch having a crimson face and yellow-and-
         black wings [syn: goldfinch, Carduelis carduelis]

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