Definition of brambling in English:

brambling

noun

  • A northern Eurasian finch with a white rump, related to the chaffinch. The male has a black head and orange breast in summer.

    Fringilla montifringilla, family Fringillidae

    • ‘As I write, the old Bramley apple in our garden is occupied by a variety of finches: greenfinches, chaffinches and bramblings.’
    • ‘Like bramblings, siskins tend to winter in widely different areas in succeeding years.’
    • ‘In another area, he sows seeds to attract birds like linnets, reed buntings and bramblings.’
    • ‘Nearby, the rough grass and scrub contain large stands of teasels and thistles, which provide seeds for finches - goldfinch, chaffinch, bullfinch, brambling and siskin are frequent winter visitors.’
    • ‘The roost site selection of bramblings can be evaluated at four different levels.’

Origin

Mid 16th century perhaps from or related to the obsolete German synonym Brämling, related to bramble, or a variant of brandling (because both are streaked).

Pronunciation

brambling

/ˈbramblɪŋ/