linnet finch
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 fringilline birds of the genera {Linota}, {Acanthis}, and allied genera, esp. the common European species ({Linota cannabina}), which, in full summer plumage, is chestnut brown above, with the breast more or less crimson. The feathers of its head are grayish brown, tipped with crimson. Called also {gray linnet}, {red linnet}, {rose linnet}, {brown linnet}, {lintie}, {lintwhite}, {gorse thatcher}, {linnet finch}, and {greater redpoll}. The American redpoll linnet ({Acanthis linaria}) often has the crown and throat rosy. See {Redpoll}, and {Twite}. [1913 Webster]

{Green linnet} (Zo["o]l.), the European green finch. [1913 Webster]


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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 — 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

  • finch — ► NOUN ▪ a seed eating songbird of a large group including the chaffinch, goldfinch, linnet, etc. ORIGIN Old English …   English terms dictionary

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

  • linnet — /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… …   Universalium

  • Finch — Taxobox name = True finches | image width = 250px image caption = Fringilla coelebs (chaffinch), male regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata classis = Aves ordo = Passeriformes subordo = Passeri familia = Fringillidae familia authority = Vigors,… …   Wikipedia

  • linnet — noun Etymology: Middle French linette, from lin flax, from Latin linum; from its feeding on flax seeds Date: circa 1530 a common small brownish Old World finch (Acanthis cannabina) of which the male has red on the breast and crown during breeding …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • linnet — noun A small passerine bird in the finch family Fringillidae that derives its scientific name from its fondness for hemp, and its English name from its liking for seeds of flax, from which linen is made …   Wiktionary

  • linnet — lin·net || lɪnɪt n. European finch …   English contemporary dictionary

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