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[By folk etymology from Middle English linkwhitte, alteration of Old English līnetwige : līn, flax; see linseed + -twige, plucker, eater.]
(Animals) archaic or poetic chiefly Scot the linnet
[Old English līnetwige, probably from līn flax + -twige, perhaps related to Old High German zwigon to pluck]
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|Noun||1.||lintwhite - small Old World finch whose male has a red breast and forehead|
finch - any of numerous small songbirds with short stout bills adapted for crushing seeds