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[lin-it] /ˈlɪn ɪt/

a small Old World finch, Carduelis cannabina.
any of various related birds, as the house finch.
a brownish Old World finch, Acanthis cannabina: the male has a red breast and forehead
Also called house finch. a similar and related North American bird, Carpodacus mexicanus

small finch-like songbird, 1530s, from Middle French linette “grain of flax,” diminutive of lin “flax,” from Latin linum “linen” (see linen). Flaxseed forms much of the bird’s diet. Old English name for the bird was linetwige, with second element perhaps meaning “pluck.” This yielded Middle English and dialectal lintwhite.


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