[lint-hwahyt, -wahyt]
noun Chiefly Scot.
the linnet, Carduelis cannabina.

before 900; lint (syncopated variant of linnet) + white; replacing Middle English lynkwhytte, alteration (perhaps by association with link hill (see links) and whit) of Old English līnetwige linnet, literally, flax (or flax-field) trouble-maker, so called because the bird pecks out and eats flaxseed, equivalent to līnet- (< Medieval Latin līnētum flax-field) + -wige, feminine of wiga fighter Unabridged
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lintwhite (ˈlɪntˌwaɪt)
archaic, poetic or, chiefly (Scot) the linnet
[Old English līnetwige, probably from līn flax + -twige, perhaps related to Old High German zwigon to pluck]

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