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LINTWHITE, n. Also lintie-, -y-. The linnet, Acanthis cannabina (Sc. 1808 Jam., Bnff., Clc. 1950). Also in n.Eng. and Ir. dials. Cf. Lintie. [′lɪntʍəit] Sc. a.1713  in D. Herd Sc. Songs (1776) I. 311:
Nae lintwhite on a' the gay plain Nor goudspink sae bony as she!
Sc. 1778  Weekly Mag. (21 Jan.) 87:
Amang the woods nae canty lintwhites sing, Or plowmen blythly whistle, as in spring.
Ayr. 1786  Burns To W. Simpson xii.:
O sweet are Coila's haughs an' woods, When lintwhites chant amang the buds.
m.Lth. 1801  J. Thomson Poems 42:
The linty-white extends her throat On flow'ry thorn or brier.
Rxb. 1833  A. Hall Sc. Borderer (1874) 24:
The lintwhite, the goldfinch, and the wren, strained their little throats in choral emulation.
Kcb. 1845  Stat. Acc.2 IV. 101:
Flocks of “lint-whites” sing in chorus.
Ags. 1873  D. M. Ogilvy Poems 127:
There's a hempie will rant and roar and fight, There's a quynie that lilts like a lintiewhite.

[O.Sc. lyntquhyte, id., 1513, from Lint, n.1, + *quhyte, variant of onomat. twite, from its call. See note to Lintie.]

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