claycolored robin

clay-colored robin

[kley-kuhl-erd]
noun
See under robin1 ( def 3 ).
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robin

[rob-in]
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:
1540–50; short for robin redbreast

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robin (ˈrɒbɪn)
 
n
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
 
[C16: arbitrary use of given name]

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robin
common European songbird, 1540s, shortening of Robin Redbreast (c.1450), from O.Fr. Robin, personal name, dim. of Robert (q.v.). As a bird name, it ousted the native ruddock, which is related to red. In N.Amer., the name was applied to the red-breasted
thrush by 1703. Robin's egg as a shade of blue is attested from 1881. 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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