Definition of twite in English:

twite

Syllabification: twite
Pronunciation: /twīt
 
/

noun

A Eurasian moorland finch related to the linnet, having streaky brown plumage and a pink rump.
  • Acanthis flavirostris, family Fringillidae
More example sentences
  • Once common species such as the snipe, lapwing and curlew have seen declines of up to 73 per cent; birds like the twite, a moorland version of the linnet, are now gone from some parts of the park.
  • Marsden Moor supports large numbers of moorland birds such as the golden plover, red grouse, curlew and the diminutive twite.
  • The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds says that nests of species such as short-eared owls, merlins, red grouse, meadow pipits, skylarks, twite and curlews will have been wiped out.

Origin

mid 16th century: imitative of its call.

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