Webster 1913 Edition
linotte, from L.
linumflax; or perh. shortened from AS.
līnetwige, fr. AS.
līnflax; – so called because it feeds on the seeds of flax and hemp. See
Any one of several species of fringilline birds of the genera
Acanthis, and allied genera, esp. the common European species (
Linota cannabina), which, in full summer plumage, is chestnut brown above, with the breast more or less crimson. The feathers of its head are grayish brown, tipped with crimson. Called also
linnet finch, and
greater redpoll. The American redpoll linnet (
Acanthis linaria) often has the crown and throat rosy. See
the European green finch.
Webster 1828 Edition
A small singing bird of the genus Fingilla.