/lin"it/, n.
1. a small Old World finch, Carduelis cannabina.
2. any of various related birds, as the house finch.
[1520-30; earlier linet < MF (Walloon, Picard) linette (F linot, linotte), deriv. of lin flax (cf. LINE1; so named for its diet of flaxseeds); see -ET]

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▪ Carduelis cannabina
      (Carduelis, sometimes Acanthis, cannabina), seed-eating European finch of the family Carduelidae (order Passeriformes). It is 13 centimetres (5 inches) long and brown streaked, with a white-edged forked tail; the crown and breast of the male is red. It is a hedgerow singer, and flocks forage for seeds in open country.

      The house finch (see rosefinch) of the United States is often called linnet.

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  • Linnet — Lin net (l[i^]n n[e^]t), n. [F. linot, linotte, from L. linum flax; or perh. shortened from AS. l[=i]netwige, fr. AS. l[=i]n flax; so called because it feeds on the seeds of flax and hemp. See {Linen}.] (Zo[ o]l.) Any one of several species of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Linnet — f English: simplified spelling of LINNETTE (SEE Linnette), strongly influenced in popularity by the vocabulary word denoting a small bird (Old French linotte, a derivative of lin flax, on the seeds of which it feeds) …   First names dictionary

  • linnet — small finch like songbird, 1530s, from M.Fr. linette grain of flax, dim. of lin flax, from L. linum linen (see LINEN (Cf. linen)). Flaxseed forms much of the bird s diet. O.E. name for the bird was linetwige, with second element perhaps meaning… …   Etymology dictionary

  • linnet — ► NOUN ▪ a mainly brown and grey finch with a reddish breast and forehead. ORIGIN Old French linette, from lin flax (because the bird feeds on flaxseeds) …   English terms dictionary

  • linnet — [lin′it] n. [ME linet < OFr linette < lin, flax (< L linum): so called because it feeds on flaxseed] either of two small, variously colored finches, an Old World species (Acanthis cannabina) or a New World species ( Carpodacus mexicanus) …   English World dictionary

  • Linnet — For the North American bird, see House Finch Linnet male Conservation status …   Wikipedia

  • Linnet — noun derived from the linnet bird. Occasionally recorded since the 19th century. Lindy herself hated the name Lindy. She said it sounded like a girl in pink gingham. At the beginning of this school year shed started making all the teachers… …   Wiktionary

  • linnet — UK [ˈlɪnɪt] / US [ˈlɪnət] noun [countable] Word forms linnet : singular linnet plural linnets a small brown bird that makes a pleasant sound …   English dictionary

  • Linnet — čivylis statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas atitikmenys: lot. Carduelis cannabina angl. Linnet vok. Hänfling …   Paukščių anatomijos terminai

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