lin·​net | \ ˈli-nət How to pronounce linnet (audio) \

Definition of linnet

: a common small brownish Old World finch (Acanthis cannabina) of which the male has red on the breast and crown during breeding season

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Recent Examples on the Web Sparrows, chaffinches, linnets, and several coastal African birds arrived to the island in 1863. National Geographic, "Mysterious Island Experiment Could Help Us Colonize Other Planets," 8 May 2017

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First Known Use of linnet

circa 1530, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for linnet

Middle French linette, from lin flax, from Latin linum; from its feeding on flax seeds

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“Linnet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of linnet

: a small European bird that is a kind of finch

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