from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A genus of fringilline birds, containing the linnets or siskins, the goldfinches, and also the redpolls.
  • noun A genus of bivalve mollusks.


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  • The ass and the acanthis are enemies; for the bird lives on thistles, and the ass browses on thistles when they are young and tender.

    The History of Animals 2002

  • The anthus, the acanthis, and the aegithus are at enmity with one another; it is said that the blood of the anthus will not intercommingle with the blood of the aegithus.

    The History of Animals 2002

  • The acanthis finds its food with difficulty; its plumage is poor, but its note is musical.

    The History of Animals 2002


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