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[twahyt] /twaɪt/
a small finch, Carduelis flavirostris, of northern Europe, having streaked brown plumage and, in the male, a pink breast.
Origin of twite
First recorded in 1555-65; imitative Unabridged
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  • Usually Wemyss was amused by twite's messages, but nothing about this one amused him.

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  • His master hadn't been in once to dinner since twite knew him.

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  • The Mountain Linnet is generally called the twite, a syllable which its simple note is thought to resemble.

  • The seeds of brook-lime, flax, and knapweed the twite seems partial to, and this wild-weed field is to them a very paradise.

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  • From the midlands of England northwards to the Shetlands, the twite has its only summer residence with us.

British Dictionary definitions for twite


a N European finch, Acanthis flavirostris, with a brown streaked plumage
Word Origin
C16: imitative of its cry
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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