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

  Nonpareil \Non`pa*reil"\, n. [See Nonpareil, a. ]
     1. Something of unequaled excellence; a peerless thing or
        person; a nonesuch; -- often used as a name.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. [F. nonpareille.] (Print.) A size of type next smaller
        than minion and next larger than agate (or ruby).
        [1913 Webster]
  
     3. (Zool.)
        (a) A beautifully colored finch ({Passerina ciris),
            native of the Southern United States. The male has the
            head and neck deep blue, rump and under parts bright
            red, back and wings golden green, and the tail bluish
            purple. Called also painted bunting and painted
            finch.
        (b) Any other similar bird of the same genus.
            [1913 Webster +PJC]
  
     4. (Cookery) A small sphere, less than 1 mm diamter, of
        colored sugar, used to decorate confections; -- usually
        used in the plural as though the name of a substance; as,
        sprinkled with nonpareils.
        [PJC]
  
     5. pl. A type of candy chocolate consisting of a small flat
        disk of chocolate, less than one inch diameter, having
        nonpareils[4] sprinkled on the top; as, she ate a box of
        nonpareils at the movie.
        [PJC]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Painted \Paint"ed\, a.
     1. Covered or adorned with paint; portrayed in colors.
        [1913 Webster]
  
              As idle as a painted ship
              Upon a painted ocean.                 --Coleridge.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. (Nat. Hist.) Marked with bright colors; as, the painted
        turtle; painted bunting.
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     Painted beauty (Zool.), a handsome American butterfly
        ({Vanessa Huntera), having a variety of bright colors,
  
     Painted cup (Bot.), any plant of an American genus of herbs
        ({Castilleia) in which the bracts are usually
        bright-colored and more showy than the flowers.
        Castilleia coccinea has brilliantly scarlet bracts, and
        is common in meadows.
  
     Painted finch. See Nonpareil.
  
     Painted lady (Zool.), a bright-colored butterfly. See
        Thistle butterfly.
  
     Painted turtle (Zool.), a common American freshwater
        tortoise ({Chrysemys picta), having bright red and yellow
        markings beneath.
        [1913 Webster]

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