|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)]|
(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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