Definition of chaffinch in English:

chaffinch

noun

  • A Eurasian and North African finch, typically with a bluish top to the head and dark wings and tail.

    • ‘Dog roses, bramble, nettles and thistles provide good for birds such as goldfinch, greenfinch, chaffinches and the occasional rarity such as brambling or bullfinch.’
    • ‘As I write, the old Bramley apple in our garden is occupied by a variety of finches: greenfinches, chaffinches and bramblings.’
    • ‘The robin chaffinch blue tit and wren and green linnet collectively can put on a marvellous show as they take turns at feeding.’
    • ‘The reserve is home to woodpeckers, chaffinches, bullfinches and blackbirds.’
    • ‘The list was impressive and included robins, starlings, a goldfinch, blackbirds, redwings, chaffinches, wood pigeons and black-headed gulls.’

Origin

Old English ceaffinc chaff finch (because it forages around barns, picking seeds out of the chaff).

Pronunciation:

chaffinch

/ˈCHafˌin(t)SH/