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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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  • The little geranium known as herb-robert is a neighbor of the corydalis, and, like it, stands the cold remarkably well.

    A Rambler's lease Bradford Torrey
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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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