brown linnet
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 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

  • 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 — /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

  • linnet — lin|net [ˈlınıt] n a small brown singing bird …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • linnet — lin|net [ lınət ] noun count a small brown bird that makes a pleasant sound …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • linnet — noun a mainly brown and grey finch with a reddish breast and forehead. [Genus Acanthis: three species.] Origin C16: from OFr. linette, from lin flax (because the bird feeds on flaxseeds) …   English new terms dictionary

  • linnet — noun (C) a small brown singing bird …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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