linnet

linnet

[lin-it]
noun
1.
a small Old World finch, Carduelis cannabina.
2.
any of various related birds, as the house finch.

Origin:
1520–30; earlier linet < Middle French (Walloon, Picard) linette (French linot, linotte), derivative of lin flax (cf. line1; so named for its diet of flaxseeds); see -et

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linnet (ˈlɪnɪt)
 
n
1.  a brownish Old World finch, Acanthis cannabina: the male has a red breast and forehead
2.  Also called: house finch a similar and related North American bird, Carpodacus mexicanus
 
[C16: from Old French linotte, ultimately from Latin līnum flax (because the bird feeds on flaxseeds)]

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linnet
"small finch-like songbird," c.1530, from M.Fr. linette "grain of flax," dim. of lin "flax," from L. linum "linen" (see linen). Flaxseed forms much of the bird's diet. O.E. name for the bird was linetwige, with second element perhaps meaning "pluck." This yielded M.E. and dial. lintwhite.
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linnet

(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.

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