Definition of twite in English:


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Pronunciation: /twʌɪt


  • A Eurasian moorland finch related to the linnet, having streaky brown plumage with a pink rump.
    • Acanthis flavirostris, family Fringillidae
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    • 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.


mid 16th century: imitative of its call.

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