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linnet (n.)

small finch-like Eurasian songbird, 1530s, from French linette "grain of flax," diminutive of lin "flax," from Latin linum "flax, linen thread" (see linen). Flaxseed forms much of the bird's diet. Old English name for the bird, linetwige, with second element perhaps meaning "to pluck," yielded Middle English and dialectal lintwhite. Also compare German Hänfling "linnet," from Hanf "hemp."

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Definitions of linnet

linnet (n.)
small finch originally of the western United States and Mexico;
Synonyms: house finch / Carpodacus mexicanus
linnet (n.)
small Old World finch whose male has a red breast and forehead;
Synonyms: lintwhite / Carduelis cannabina
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