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linnet

[ lin-it ]
/ ˈlɪn ɪt /
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noun

a small Old World finch, Carduelis cannabina.
any of various related birds, as the house finch.

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Origin of linnet

1520–30; earlier linet<Middle French (Walloon, Picard ) linette (French linot, linotte), derivative of lin flax (cf. line1; so named for its diet of flaxseeds); see -et
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British Dictionary definitions for linnet

linnet
/ (ˈlɪnɪt) /

noun

a brownish Old World finch, Acanthis cannabina : the male has a red breast and forehead
Also called: house finch a similar and related North American bird, Carpodacus mexicanus

Word Origin for linnet

C16: from Old French linotte, ultimately from Latin līnum flax (because the bird feeds on flaxseeds)
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