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A traditional Pennsylvania Dutch folk art motif of a bird or birds symbolizing good luck and happiness.
[From German, goldfinch, from Middle High German distelvinke, from Old High German distilvinko : distil, thistle; see steig- in Indo-European roots + vinko, finch.]
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(Art Terms) a stylized motif of the goldfinch seen in Pennsylvanian Dutch art
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a stylized bird motif traditional in Pennsylvania German art.
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