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lintwhite

[lint-hwahyt, -wahyt] /ˈlɪntˌʰwaɪt, -ˌwaɪt/
noun, Chiefly Scot.
1.
the linnet, Carduelis cannabina.
Origin
900
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
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lintwhite

/ˈlɪntˌwaɪt/
noun
1.
(archaic or poetic, mainly Scot) the linnet
Word Origin
Old English līnetwige, probably from līn flax + -twige, perhaps related to Old High German zwigon to pluck
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