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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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I met Linnet when BBC Radio 4's Farming Today sent me to Miwani to investigate the impact export subsidies are having on communities like hers, after the World Trade Organisation ruled they were illegal and had to stop.
The book, quite original, inhabits the realm of fantasy; the linnet, through the young maiden, is the real source of all woes.
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First Qualifying Round: Ashton United v Congleton Town or Eccleshill United or Runcorn Town or Brighouse Town, FC United Of Manchester v Woodley Sports or Bootle or Wigan Robin Park, Curzon Ashton or Bamber Bridge v Prescot Cables or Warrington Town, Squires Gate or Colne v Mossley or AFC Liverpool or Runcorn Linnets or Atherton Collieries or Irlam, Formby or Alsager Town v Winsford United or Maine Road or Padiham or Lancaster City or Ashton Athletic, Ossett Albion or Witton Albion v Marine, Burscough v Clitheroe or Skelmersdale United, Cammell Laird or St Helens Town v Radcliffe Borough or Holker Old Boys or Leek CSOB or Atherton LR.
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.
Linnets are often "spooked" by larger birds which they mistake for predators.
More than 600 fans were in attendance at the Millbank Linnets Stadium to see a superb free-kick from former Linnets hero Kev Towey - now co-manager at Widnes - set the visitors on their way to the three points with 15 minutes on the watch in the first half.
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.
Linnets have formed into large flocks now ready for the winter.
Formby were 2-1 winners at Runcorn Linnets with two goals from Carl Gornall, the Linnets replying through Nehru McKenzie.