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robin

[rob-in] /ˈrɒb ɪn/
noun
1.
any of several small Old World birds having a red or reddish breast, especially Erithacus rubecula, of Europe.
2.
a large American thrush, Turdus migratorius, having a chestnut-red breast and abdomen.
3.
any of several similar thrushes of the New World tropics, not necessarily having reddish underparts, as T. grayi (clay-colored robin) of Mexico and Central America.
Also called robin redbreast (for defs 1, 2).
Origin
1540-1550
1540-50; short for robin redbreast

Robin

[rob-in] /ˈrɒb ɪn/
noun
1.
a male or female given name: derived from Robert.
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British Dictionary definitions for robins

robin

/ˈrɒbɪn/
noun
1.
Also called robin redbreast. a small Old World songbird, Erithacus rubecula, related to the thrushes: family Muscicapidae. The male has a brown back, orange-red breast and face, and grey underparts
2.
a North American thrush, Turdus migratorius, similar to but larger than the Old World robin
3.
any of various similar birds having a reddish breast
Word Origin
C16: arbitrary use of given name
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Word Origin and History for robins

robin

n.

common European songbird, 1540s, shortening of Robin Redbreast (mid-15c.), from masc. personal name Robin. It ousted the native ruddock. In North America, the name was applied to the red-breasted thrush by 1703. Robin's egg as a shade of blue is attested from 1881.

Robin

masc. proper name, from Old French Robin, diminutive of Robert (q.v.). Robin Goodfellow "sportive elf of the English countryside," is first attested 1530s, popular 16-17c.; Robin Hood is at least from late 14c.

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