from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A small finch (Carduelis cannabina) of Eurasia and Africa with brownish plumage, the male of which has red on the head and breast.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A small songbird, Linaria or Linota cannabina, of the family Fringillidæ, inhabiting parts of Europe, Asia, and Africa.
  • noun An ore which contains phosphate intermixed with carbonate of lead in variable proportions: so called on account of the linnet-like color due to the presence of the phosphate.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Zoöl.) Any one of several species of fringilline birds of the genera Linota, Acanthis, and allied genera, esp. the common European species (Linota cannabina), which, in full summer plumage, is chestnut brown above, with the breast more or less crimson. The feathers of its head are grayish brown, tipped with crimson. Called also gray linnet, red linnet, rose linnet, brown linnet, lintie, lintwhite, gorse thatcher, linnet finch, and greater redpoll. The American redpoll linnet (Acanthis linaria) often has the crown and throat rosy. See redpoll, and twite.
  • noun (Zoöl.) the European green finch.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A small passerine bird, Carduelis cannabina in the finch family Fringillidae that derives its scientific name from its fondness for hemp, and its English name from its liking for seeds of flax, from which linen is made.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun small Old World finch whose male has a red breast and forehead
  • noun small finch originally of the western United States and Mexico


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Obsolete French linette, from Old French, from lin, flax (from its feeding on flax seed), from Latin līnum; see lĭ̄no- in Indo-European roots.]

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From Old French linette, from lin ("flax").


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  • Dryden's "Ode on the Death of Purcell":

    Mark how the lark and linnet sing:

    With rival notes

    They strain their warbling throats

    To welcome in the spring.

    September 25, 2007

  • From "A Field of Snow on a Slope of the Rosenberg" by Guy Davenport.

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