ragged robin
noun Date: 1741 a perennial herb (Lychnis flos-cuculi) of the pink family cultivated for its pink flowers with narrow-lobed petals

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  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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 — 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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