siskin

Meaning

Noun

  • A small green and yellow European finch, Carduelis spinus spinus (subspecies) or Carduelis spinus, now Spinus spinus.
  • Any of various similar birds in subfamily Carduelinae, principally in the genus Spinus.

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Origin

  • From dialectal German Sisschen, Zeischen, diminutive form of Middle High German zisec, apparently ultimately from Proto-Slavic (compare e.g. Polish czy┼╝yk).

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