from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A small Old World finch (Carduelis cannabina) having brownish plumage.
- n. A similar bird (Carpodacus mexicanus) of Mexico and the western United States. Also called house finch.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A small songbird, Linaria or Linota cannabina, of the family Fringillidæ, inhabiting parts of Europe, Asia, and Africa.
- n. 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 WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. small Old World finch whose male has a red breast and forehead
- n. small finch originally of the western United States and Mexico
The linnet is here, and the lark, and the yellowhammer,
For the voice that he swore 'ud out-call the linnet's
The English word linnet does not, to my mind, convey so much of simple beauty and of pastoral ideas as belong to our Scottish word LINTIE.
There is something very Arcadian and un-Cockney-like in the idea of linnet-singing in Lock's Fields.
Our linnet is a little larger than the English, with a clear, bell-like voice, as of a blacksmith’s hammer on an anvil.
And I am sure you’ll not believe this, but a linnet is an English finch.
'linnet'! oh, my poor Merle, you have taken wings indeed!
The latter, whose anger was unbounded, had seized a poignard at his girdle, and was about to have rushed on the impassable aggressor, when a guttural cry, like that of the _cilguero_, (a kind of linnet of
If you have never heard the lilting song of the linnet, spotted the distinctive plumage of a goldcrest, or waited for the whirring wings of a grey partridge, it is increasingly unlikely that you ever will.
The grey partridge has declined by 90% in the UK alone, and the linnet by 57%.