• WordNet 3.6
    • n linnet small Old World finch whose male has a red breast and forehead
    • n linnet small finch originally of the western United States and Mexico
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Linnet lĭn"nĕt (Zoöl) 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n linnet A small songbird, Linaria or Linota cannabina, of the family Fringillidæ, inhabiting parts of Europe, Asia, and Africa. It is about inches long, and in extent of wings. The plumage is streaked with various gray, brown, and flaxen shades; the male in summer has the poll and breast rosy or red. The linnet is called gray, brown, and red or rose, according to sex and season; it has also many local or dialectal names. The yellow-billed linnet, mountain-linnet, or twite is another species of the same genus. L. flavirostris or L. montium. There are yet other species, and sundry related birds also are called linnets, as the redpolls of the genus Ægiothus. The bird called pine-linnet or pine-finch in the United States is a siskin, Chrysomitris pinus.
    • n linnet An ore which contains phosphate intermixed with carbonate of lead in variable proportions: so called on account of the linnet-like color due to the presence of the phosphate.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Linnet lin′et a small singing-bird—from feeding on flax-seed.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. linot, linotte, from L. linum, flax; or perh. shortened from AS. līnetwige, fr. AS. līn, flax; -- so called because it feeds on the seeds of flax and hemp. See Linen
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. linotlin, flax—L. linum.


In literature:

Bewick says linnets are so named from their fondness for linseed, and I think most of the finches like it.
"Wild Nature Won By Kindness" by Elizabeth Brightwen
It is certain that the notes of the solitary birds, compared with those of the Robin and Linnet, excite a different class of sensations.
"The Atlantic Monthly , Volume 2, No. 14, December 1858" by Various
First, Tom Linnet had acquired sudden riches.
"Mary Louise and the Liberty Girls" by Edith Van Dyne (AKA L. Frank Baum)
Hidden among the leaves, aloft in the beeches, the linnet sang with full-throated melody, and the blackbird and the thrush.
"The Hero" by William Somerset Maugham
Saw, with surprise, the linnet's flight.
"The Minstrel; or the Progress of Genius" by James Beattie
No one would have known that it was anything but a common linnet, and yesterday the queen would have thought so too.
"The Olive Fairy Book" by Various
There is a whiteness whiter than the swan, A singing sweeter than the linnet's note.
"A Lover's Litanies" by Eric Mackay
The linnet is never so sweet as in its own woodland.
"In Doublet and Hose" by Lucy Foster Madison
The linnet would look ill tricked out in parrot's feathers.
"The Buccaneer" by Mrs. S. C. Hall
Does he know a languste from a linnet?
"The Maids of Paradise" by Robert W. (Robert William) Chambers

In poetry:

From pleasant trees which shade the brink,
The lark and linnet light to drink
Their songs the lark and linnet raise,
And chide our silence in his praise.
"Psalm 104" by Isaac Watts
And show me your nest with the young ones in it;
I will not steal them away;
I am old! you may trust me, linnet, linnet—­
I am seven times one to-day.
"Songs Of Seven (complete)" by Jean Ingelow
Come to me, Death!
I no more would stay.
The night—owl hath silenced the linnet and lark,
And the wailing of wisdom sounds sad in the dark;
Take me away.
"Go Away, Death!" by Alfred Austin
Where far you wander down the vale,
When balmy scents perfume the gale,
And purling rills and linnets hail
The King of kings,
To muse with you I never fail,
On heavenly things.
"Epistle To The Rev. J--- B---, Whilst Journeying For The Recovery Of His Health" by Patrick Branwell Bronte
This is the peak of the measureless minute
That mankind aspires to and never can hold,
Disclosed in a flash by a primrose, a linnet-
The instant that tells us that nothing grows old.
"Nothing Grows Old" by Phoebe Hesketh
The linnet enchants us the bushes among,
Though cheap the musician, yet sweet is the song;
We catch the soft warbling in air as it floats,
And with ecstacy hang on the ravishing notes.
"The Search After Happiness. A Pastoral Drama" by Hannah More

In news:

Compass Records Acquires Physical Sales Rights To Green Linnet Records From Digital Music Group Published May 17, 2006.
Linnet Biopharmaceuticals Inc. Tim Linnet , doctor of pharmacy, chief operating officer and co-founder.
A cock linnet was a popular pet bird in Victorian times.
"Arf a cock linnet" is cockney rhyming slang for "half a minute".