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1. a brownish Old World finch, Acanthis cannabina: the male has a red breast and forehead
2. a similar and related North American bird, Carpodacus mexicanus



(Cannabina cannabina), a bird of the family Fringillidae of the order Passeriformes. The body measures about 13 cm long. The males have a crimson breast and forehead, a brown back, and a white abdomen. The females and young are grayish brown. The linnet is found in Europe, North Africa, and western Asia. In the USSR it is distributed from the western borders to the Ob’ River basin. The bird nests in bushes, laying four to six eggs per clutch. It feeds primarily on seeds; the young are also fed seeds. The linnet is useful in weed control. It is often kept as a pet.

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SURROUNDED: Runcorn Linnets skipper Robert Whyte finds himself crowded out by the AFC Emley defence (above) while the visitors defence (left) try to block out Ross Bain at a corner in the FA Cup tie.
But bright yellow oilseed rape fields are proving a lifeline for one of the county's finest songsters, the linnet.
Not that it mattered to Widnes in the end as they claimed the spoils, although Linnets still remain the team to catch at the top.
Within four minutes Runcorn's Quinlivan-Grech scored to send the Linnets through.
The Linnets boss says it is important that his side do not let their concentration levels slip as they look to win their 10th consecutive league game against Northwich Victoria today.
Paul Shanley scored for the Linnets following a well-placed strike from inside the area in the 31st minute.
The Fans Club Trophy is contested between two of the Vodkat League's fanowned clubs, Runcorn Linnets and AFC Liverpool.
Freddie Potter (centre) heads home the first of his hat-trick during Runcorn Linnets' 6-2 hammering of Charnock Richard last Saturday at the Millbank Linnets Stadium - the Hallmark Security League Premier Division pacesetters host AFC Darwen today JAMES EASTUP
Linnets won all three of their festive fixtures - including a 5-0 Boxing Day victory over rivals Runcorn Town - to go top of the table.
A prophetic comment indeed, as thanks to a superb display of passing and running off the ball, the Linnets at times swarmed all over a ponderous home defence, who were lucky to be only a goal down.
Lethal Linnets give Barnton a beating DANNY O'BRIEN scored in the 12th minute from a well-struck penalty.
RUNCORN LINNETS were denied a fourth consecutive victory in the Vodkat First Division when they were beaten 2-1 at Winsford United.