Origin of linnet
Examples from the Web for linnet
Historical Examples of linnet
The melody of singing birds ranks as follows: The nightingale first, then the linnet, titlark, sky lark and wood lark.
Eagle had flown higher than all the rest, and had carried Linnet on his back.
A blackbird conversed with a family of wrens about it, and a linnet endorsed their view, that Lizarann was certainly coming back.It Never Can Happen Again
William De Morgan
She turned for confirmation to Linnet and Matthew Henry, and they both nodded.Major Vigoureux
A. T. Quiller-Couch
Sir, he had heard something of the fabulous tale of the wren sitting upon the eagle's wing, and he had applied it to a linnet.Life of Johnson
Word Origin for linnet
small finch-like songbird, 1530s, from Middle French linette "grain of flax," diminutive of lin "flax," from Latin linum "linen" (see linen). Flaxseed forms much of the bird's diet. Old English name for the bird was linetwige, with second element perhaps meaning "pluck." This yielded Middle English and dialectal lintwhite.