• WordNet 3.6
    • n hawfinch a common large finch of Eurasia
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Hawfinch (Zoöl) The common European grosbeak (Coccothraustes vulgaris); -- called also cherry finch, and coble.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n hawfinch The hawthorn-grosbeak, Coccothraustes vulgaris, a common European fringilline bird, about 6 inches long, with a very stout, turgid bill, the ends of the inner secondaries obliquely curved and truncated, and the plumage much variegated. See also cut under Coccothraustes. The name is extended to sundry related American grosbeaks, as the evening grosbeak, Hesperophona vespertina, the rose-breasted grosbeak, Zamelodia or Habia ludoviciana, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Hawfinch the common grosbeak
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. haga, a yard or enclosure; Dut. haag, a hedge, Ger. hag, a hedge, Ice. hagi, a field.


In literature:

The Hawfinch is included in Professor Ansted's list, and by him marked as occurring only in Guernsey.
"Birds of Guernsey (1879)" by Cecil Smith
If so, we might look them over for a Hawfinch's nest about May 10th.
"Life of Frederick Courtenay Selous, D.S.O." by J.G. Millais
In February, 1893, a hen hawfinch was shown me.
"In a Cheshire Garden" by Geoffrey Egerton-Warburton
The bullfinch and the hawfinch are rare.
"Birds in London" by W. H. Hudson