Ragged robin
Robin Rob"in, n. [Properly a pet name for Robert, originally meaning, famebright; F., fron OHG. Roudperht; ruod (in comp.; akin to AS. hr?? glory, fame, Goth. hr?peigs victorius) + beraht bright. See {Bright}, {Hob} a clown.] (Zo["o]l.) (a) A small European singing bird ({Erythacus rubecula}), having a reddish breast; -- called also {robin redbreast}, {robinet}, and {ruddock}. (b) An American singing bird ({Merula migratoria}), having the breast chestnut, or dull red. The upper parts are olive-gray, the head and tail blackish. Called also {robin redbreast}, and {migratory thrush}. (c) Any one of several species of Australian warblers of the genera {Petroica}, {Melanadrays}, and allied genera; as, the scarlet-breasted robin ({Petroica mullticolor}). (d) Any one of several Asiatic birds; as, the Indian robins. See {Indian robin}, below. [1913 Webster]

{Beach robin} (Zo["o]l.), the robin snipe, or knot. See {Knot}.

{Blue-throated robin}. (Zo["o]l.) See {Bluethroat}.

{Canada robin} (Zo["o]l.), the cedar bird.

{Golden robin} (Zo["o]l.), the Baltimore oriole.

{Ground robin} (Zo["o]l.), the chewink.

{Indian robin} (Zo["o]l.), any one of several species of Asiatic saxoline birds of the genera {Thamnobia} and {Pratincola}. They are mostly black, usually with some white on the wings.

{Magrie robin} (Zo["o]l.), an Asiatic singing bird ({Corsycus saularis}), having the back, head, neck, and breast black glossed with blue, the wings black, and the belly white.

{Ragged robin}. (Bot.) See under {Ragged}.

{Robin accentor} (Zo["o]l.), a small Asiatic singing bird ({Accentor rubeculoides}), somewhat resembling the European robin.

{Robin redbreast}. (Zo["o]l.) (a) The European robin. (b) The American robin. (c) The American bluebird.

{Robin snipe}. (Zo["o]l.) (a) The red-breasted snipe, or dowitcher. (b) The red-breasted sandpiper, or knot.

{Robin's plantain}. (Bot.) See under {Plantain}.

{Sea robin}. (Zo["o]l.) (a) Any one of several species of American gurnards of the genus {Prionotus}. They are excellent food fishes. Called also {wingfish}. The name is also applied to a European gurnard. (b) The red-breasted merganser, or sheldrake. [Local, U.S.]

{Water robin} (Zo["o]l.), a redstart ({Ruticulla fuliginosa}), native of India. [1913 Webster]


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  • Ragged robin — Ragged Rag ged (r[a^]g g[e^]d), a. [From {Rag}, n.] 1. Rent or worn into tatters, or till the texture is broken; as, a ragged coat; a ragged sail. [1913 Webster] 2. Broken with rough edges; having jags; uneven; rough; jagged; as, ragged rocks.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ragged robin — n. a perennial plant (Lychnis flos cuculi) of the pink family, with loose clusters of pink or red flowers …   English World dictionary

  • Ragged Robin — Taxobox | name = Ragged Robin image width = 240px regnum = Plantae divisio = Magnoliophyta classis = Magnoliopsida ordo = Caryophyllales familia = Caryophyllaceae genus = Lychnis species = L. flos cuculi binomial = Lychnis flos cuculi binomial… …   Wikipedia

  • ragged robin — noun A type of wild campion, Lychnis flos cuculi, in the family Caryophyllaceae, which grows across Europe and has pink flowers. Paul came back and threaded daisies in her jet black hair, big spangles of white and yellow, and just a pink touch of …   Wiktionary

  • ragged robin — noun common perennial native to Europe and western Asia having usually pink flowers with ragged petals • Syn: ↑cuckoo flower, ↑Lychnis flos cuculi, ↑Lychins floscuculi • Hypernyms: ↑lychnis, ↑catchfly …   Useful english dictionary

  • ragged robin — noun Date: 1741 a perennial herb (Lychnis flos cuculi) of the pink family cultivated for its pink flowers with narrow lobed petals …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • ragged robin — a plant, Lychnis flos cuculi, of the pink family, having pink or white flowers with dissected petals. [1735 45] * * * …   Universalium

  • ragged robin — noun a pink flowered campion with divided petals that give it a tattered appearance. [Lychnis flos cuculi.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • ragged robin — rag′ged rob′in n. pln a plant, Lychnis flos cuculi, of the pink family, having pink or white flowers with dissected petals • Etymology: 1735–45 …   From formal English to slang

  • ragged robin — /rægəd ˈrɒbən/ (say raguhd robuhn) noun a plant, Lychnis flos cuculi, bearing pink or white flowers with dissected petals, widespread in Europe and Asia …   Australian English dictionary

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