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  1. 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
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Examples from the Web for twite

Historical Examples

  • Usually Wemyss was amused by Twite's messages, but nothing about this one amused him.


    Elisabeth von Arnim

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


    Elisabeth von Arnim

  • 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.

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

British Dictionary definitions for twite


  1. a N European finch, Acanthis flavirostris, with a brown streaked plumage

Word Origin

C16: imitative of its cry
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