Definitions

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

Etymologies

Obsolete French linette, from Old French, from lin, flax (from its feeding on flax seed), from Latin līnum; see librevema.gifno- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French linette, from lin ("flax"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

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

    January 19, 2010

  • 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