either of two small, variously colored finches, an Old World species (Acanthis cannabina) or a New World species (Carpodacus mexicanus)
Origin of linnetMiddle English linet from Old French linette from lin, flax ( from Classical Latin linum): so called because it feeds on flaxseed
A small finch (Carduelis cannabina) of Eurasia and Africa with brownish plumage, the male of which has red on the head and breast.
Origin of linnetObsolete French linette from Old French from lin flax (from its feeding on flax seed) from Latin līnum ; see l&ibremac;no- in Indo-European roots.
- A female given name derived from the linnet bird. Occasionally recorded since the 19th century.