[syn: linnet, lintwhite, Carduelis cannabina]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Linnet \Lin"net\ (l[i^]n"n[e^]t), n. [F. linot, linotte, from L.
linum flax; or perh. shortened from AS. l[imac]netwige, fr.
AS. l[imac]n flax; -- so called because it feeds on the seeds
of flax and hemp. See Linen.] (Zool.)
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.
Green linnet (Zool.), the European green finch.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: small finch originally of the western United States and
Mexico [syn: house finch, linnet, Carpodacus
2: small Old World finch whose male has a red breast and
forehead [syn: linnet, lintwhite, Carduelis cannabina]