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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
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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.



(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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Since being established in 2013, Linnets lifted the league and cup double in 2015-16 and have also been crowned Challenge Cup champions twice.
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* DRAWS involving local clubs: FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round: Formby v Alsager Town, Runcorn Town v Brighouse Town, St Helens Town v Atherton LR, Bootle v Wigan Robin Park, AFC Liverpool v Runcorn Linnets. All ties must be played on Saturday, August 20, (3pm) with replays on or before Thursday, August 25.
Fielding a young side against the North West Counties League outfit, who are currently playing their home games at Witton Albion's Wincham Park, Emley produced a battling display but they trailed at the interval with David Sherlock having given the Linnets a 33rd-minute lead.
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As the clock ticked down Linnets looked to be heading to the next round only for Eborall to strike in the last minute to send the tie into extra-time.
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Linnets Ladies celebrate a goal this season and (right) their Challenge Cup win in 2017 NEIL THORNTON