from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A European bird (Pyrrhula pyrrhula) having a short thick bill and in the male a red breast, blue-gray back, and black head, wings, and tail.
- n. Any of several similar finches.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of various Old World finches in the genus Pyrrhula. They are Passerine birds with thick bills.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A bird of the genus Pyrrhula and other related genera, especially the Pyrrhula vulgaris or Pyrrhula rubicilla, a bird of Europe allied to the grosbeak, having the breast, cheeks, and neck, red.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. 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.
- n. 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. 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. common European finch mostly black and white with red throat and breast
- n. United States architect who designed the Capitol Building in Washington which served as a model for state capitols throughout the United States (1763-1844)
bull + finch (Wiktionary)