Definition of linnet in English:

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linnet

Pronunciation: /ˈlɪnɪt/

noun

A mainly brown and grey finch with a reddish breast and forehead.
Example sentences
  • And he found a number of bird species, such as the corn bunting, tree sparrow, grey partridge, skylark, linnet and yellow wagtail, which have been seriously declining since the growth of intensive agriculture.
  • The farm itself has good numbers of breeding birds and is home to yellowhammers, linnets, corn buntings, tree and hedge sparrows, along with lapwings and grey partridge.
  • The Red List also features a disturbingly high number of formerly common farmland birds which are rapidly declining: tree sparrow, grey partridge, spotted flycatcher, song thrush, skylark, linnet and turtle dove.

Origin

Early 16th century: from Old French linette, from lin 'flax' (because the bird feeds on flaxseeds).

Words that rhyme with linnet

innit, minute, sinnet

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: lin¦net

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