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One entry found for linnet.
Main Entry: linĚnet
Pronunciation: primarystresslin-schwat
Function: noun
Etymology: from early French linette "linnet," from lin "flax," from Latin linum "flax"
: a common small Old-World brownish finch of which the male has red on the breast and top of the head during breeding season
Word History Many birds eat seeds. One small songbird, known as the linnet, seems especially fond of seeds of the flax plant, a fondness that appears to have earned the bird its name. The Latin word for flax is linum, which is also the source of the English word linen, a cloth made from flax. When linum was borrowed from Latin into early French, it became lin. The songbird that feeds on the flax seeds came to be called linette in early French and later linnet in English.

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