ETYM French linot, linotte, from Latin linum flax; or perh. shortened from AS. lînetwige, from AS. lîn flax; -- so called because it feeds on the seeds of flax and hemp. Related to Linen.
Small Old World finch whose male has a red breast and forehead; SYN. Carduelis cannabina.
Old World finch Acanthis cannabina. Mainly brown, the males, noted for their song, have a crimson crown and breast in summer.