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ragged robin

noun
1.
a plant, Lychnis flos-cuculi, of the pink family, having pink or white flowers with dissected petals.
Origin of ragged robin
1735-1745
1735-45
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  • This name, which in Shakespeares time was applied to the ragged robin, is now used for the buttercup.

    Folk-lore of Shakespeare Thomas Firminger Thiselton-Dyer
  • Doris brought in the first violets on the fifteenth, with a few wisps of saxifrage and ragged robin.

    Kit of Greenacre Farm Izola Forrester
  • Hawthorn was dropping from the hedges; penny daisies and ragged robin were in the field, like laughter.

    Sons and Lovers David Herbert Lawrence
  • The pink lychnis or ragged robin grows among the grasses; the iris flowers higher on the shore.

    The Hills and the Vale Richard Jefferies
  • Paul came back and threaded daisies in her jet-black hair—big spangles of white and yellow, and just a pink touch of ragged robin.

    Sons and Lovers David Herbert Lawrence
  • Presently, he heard her low-voiced song as she came through the orange grove beyond the ragged robin hedge.

    The Eyes of the World Harold Bell Wright
British Dictionary definitions for ragged robin

ragged robin

noun
1.
a caryophyllaceous plant, Lychnis floscuculi, native to Europe and Asia, that has pink or white flowers with ragged petals Also called cuckooflower See also catchfly
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