Definition of linnet in English:

linnet

noun

  • A mainly brown and gray finch with a reddish breast and forehead.

    • ‘And he found a number of bird species, such as the corn bunting, tree sparrow, grey partridge, skylark, linnet and yellow wagtail, which have been seriously declining since the growth of intensive agriculture.’
    • ‘The farm itself has good numbers of breeding birds and is home to yellowhammers, linnets, corn buntings, tree and hedge sparrows, along with lapwings and grey partridge.’
    • ‘The Red List also features a disturbingly high number of formerly common farmland birds which are rapidly declining: tree sparrow, grey partridge, spotted flycatcher, song thrush, skylark, linnet and turtle dove.’
    • ‘Dried redshank seeds were eaten by the sparrows, and linnets.’
    • ‘In another area, he sows seeds to attract birds like linnets, reed buntings and bramblings.’

Origin

Early 16th century: from Old French linette, from lin flax (because the bird feeds on flaxseeds).

Pronunciation:

linnet

/ˈlinit/