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herb Robert

noun, plural herbs Robert.
a wild geranium, Geranium robertianum, having fernlike, scented leaves and reddish-purple flowers.
Also called red shanks.
Origin of herb Robert
1250-1300; Middle English < Medieval Latin herba Robertī Robert's herb Unabridged
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  • That third herb Robert one is just the drawing that nobody but me (never mind grammar) could have made.

    Hortus Inclusus John Ruskin
  • herb Robert is exclusively a wood plant with us, but in England it strays quite out into the open fields and by the roadside.

    Fresh Fields John Burroughs
British Dictionary definitions for herb Robert

herb Robert

noun (pl) herbs Robert
a low-growing N temperate geraniaceous plant, Geranium robertianum, with strongly scented divided leaves and small pink flowers
Word Origin
C13: from Medieval Latin herba Roberti herb of Robert, probably named after St Robert, 11th-century French ecclesiastic
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