Bullfinch

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n bullfinch common European finch mostly black and white with red throat and breast
    • n Bullfinch United States architect who designed the Capitol Building in Washington which served as a model for state capitols throughout the United States (1763-1844)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Bullfinch (Zoöl) A bird of the genus Pyrrhula and other related genera, especially the Pyrrhula vulgarisorPyrrhula rubicilla, a bird of Europe allied to the grosbeak, having the breast, cheeks, and neck, red.☞ As a cage bird it is highly valued for its remarkable power of learning to whistle correctly various musical airs.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n bullfinch A very common oscine passerine bird of Europe, Pyrrhula vulgaris; a kind of finch of the family Fringillidæ, with a very short, stout, turgid bill, which, like the crown, is black, and a body bluish above, and, in the male, tile-red below: a favorite cage-bird, easily taught to sing a variety of notes. The name is extended to other species of the same genus, and also to those of some related genera.
    • n bullfinch In England, a strong fence, or a hedge allowed to grow high enough to impede hunters, and much used as a test of skill in steeplechasing.
    • n bullfinch This name is applied locally to many very different birds, as the pine-grosbeak, Pinicola enueleator; the house-finch, Carpodacus mexicanus frontalis; the black-breasted plover, Charadrius squatarola; the goldeneye Glaucionetta clangula americana; etc.
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Usage

In literature:

Training young bullfinches to sing tunes.
"The Captain's Bunk" by M. B. Manwell
Our new neighbor's name is Bullfinch and he's a retired college professor.
"Jerry's Charge Account" by Hazel Hutchins Wilson
The old ladies were as gaily dressed as bullfinches in spring-time.
"Recollections of a Tour Made in Scotland A.D. 1803" by Dorothy Wordsworth
BULLFINCH, breeding in captivity, ii.
"The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication, Volume II (of 2)" by Charles Darwin
It may happen that at feeding or cleaning-out time a cock bullfinch, or some valued bird, will slip out and escape.
"Harper's Young People, May 25, 1880" by Various
He sang much more sweetly and softly than most larks, and was a dear little bird, almost as tame as my pet bullfinch.
"The Last Voyage" by Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey
B stands for Bullfinch, and Billy, and Ball.
"Rhymes Old and New" by M.E.S. Wright
So the Bull went on tossing and goring all that came within reach; and now he would have nothing to say to the poor little Bullfinch.
"The Talking Thrush" by William Crooke
No bird is so fond of sitting on its owner's shoulder as the bullfinch can be.
"What Shall We Do Now?: Five Hundred Games and Pastimes" by Dorothy Canfield Fisher
The house-sparrow and the bullfinch are the chief, but not the only, enemies.
"The Book of Pears and Plums" by Edward Bartrum
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In poetry:

"Am I a bullfinch,
To sing
Day in and day out?"
- "Even if you can't,
My bird, sing!
"Conversation With A Genius" by Marina Ivanova Tsvetaeva
The songster thrush, the blackbird mellow,
The black-capp'd bullfinch, dear bright fellow,
There build, and brood, and warble clearly;
They haunt and love the hawthorn dearly.
"The May Flower" by Janet Hamilton
I took them a burster, nor eased her nor nursed her
Until the Black Bullfinch led into the plough,
And through the strong bramble we bored with a scramble —
My cap was knock'd off by the hazel-tree bough.
"How We Beat The Favourite" by Adam Lindsay Gordon

In news:

Eleroo & The Brahma Bullfinch .
Eurasian bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula) Credit: Geli via Wikimedia Commons.
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