Definition of twite in English:



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

    Acanthis flavirostris, family Fringillidae

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Marsden Moor supports large numbers of moorland birds such as the golden plover, red grouse, curlew and the diminutive twite.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The Peak District provides some of the last remaining habitats for golden plover, lapwing, curlew and twite.’
    • ‘Species such as skylark, twite and meadow pipit were found to be decreasing in number in the inspection carried out jointly with English Nature.’


Mid 16th century: imitative of its call.