Linnet meaning

lĭn'ĭt
A small passerine bird, Carduelis cannabina in the finch family Fringillidae, native to Europe, western Asia, and north Africa.
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A small finch (Carduelis cannabina) of Eurasia and Africa with brownish plumage, the male of which has red on the head and breast.
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Either of two small, variously colored finches, an Old World species (Acanthis cannabina) or a New World species (Carpodacus mexicanus)
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A female given name derived from the linnet bird. Occasionally recorded since the 19th century.
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Origin of linnet

Obsolete French linette from Old French from lin flax (from its feeding on flax seed) from Latin līnum lī̆no- in Indo-European roots