linnet

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A linnet

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From Old French linette, from lin (flax), from the bird's fondness for the seeds of flax, the source of linen and Old English līnete, līnetwige (linnet) (> dialectal English lintwhite).

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linnet (plural linnets)

  1. A small passerine bird, the common linnet (Linaria cannabina, syn. Carduelis cannabina), in the finch family Fringillidae, native to Europe, western Asia, and north Africa.
    • 1890, Robert Bridges, The Shorter Poems of Robert Bridges, Book I, V:
      I heard a linnet courting
      His lady in the spring []
  2. (US) A house finch (Haemorhous mexicanus), of North America.

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linnet

  1. definite singular of linne