Rob"in(?), n. [Properly a pet name for Robert, originally meaning, famebright; F., fron OHG. Roudperht; ruod (in comp.; akin to AS. hr glory, fame, Goth. hrpeigs victorius) + beraht bright. See Bright, Hob a clown.] (Zol.) (a) A small European singing bird (Erythacus rubecula), having a reddish breast; -- called also robin redbreast, robinet, and ruddock. (b) An American singing bird (Merula migratoria), having the breast chestnut, or dull red. The upper parts are olive-gray, the head and tail blackish. Called also robin redbreast, and migratory thrush. (c) Any one of several species of Australian warblers of the genera Petroica, Melanadrays, and allied genera; as, the scarlet-breasted robin (Petroica mullticolor). (d) Any one of several Asiatic birds; as, the Indian robins. See Indian robin, below.
(Zol.), the robin snipe, or knot. See Knot. --
(Zol.) See Bluethroat. --
(Zol.), the cedar bird. --
(Zol.), the Baltimore oriole. --
(Zol.), the chewink. --
(Zol.), any one of several species of Asiatic saxoline birds of the genera Thamnobia and Pratincola. They are mostly black, usually with some white on the wings. --
(Zol.), an Asiatic singing bird (Corsycus saularis), having the back, head, neck, and breast black glossed with blue, the wings black, and the belly white. --
(Bot.) See under Ragged. --
(Zol.), a small Asiatic singing bird (Accentor rubeculoides), somewhat resembling the European robin. --
(Zol.) (a) The European robin. (b) The American robin. (c) The American bluebird. --
(Zol.) (a) The red-breasted snipe, or dowitcher. (b) The red-breasted sandpiper, or knot. --
(Bot.) See under Plantain. --
(Zol.) (a) Any one of several species of American gurnards of the genus Prionotus. They are excellent food fishes. Called also
wingfish. The name is also applied to a European gurnard. (b) The red-breasted merganser, or sheldrake.
[Local, U.S.] --
(Zol.), a redstart (Ruticulla fuliginosa), native of India.
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