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Robin \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. hr?peigs victorius) + beraht bright. See Bright, Hob a clown.] (Zo["o]l.)

  1. A small European singing bird ( Erythacus rubecula), having a reddish breast; -- called also robin redbreast, robinet, and ruddock.

  2. 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.

  3. Any one of several species of Australian warblers of the genera Petroica, Melanadrays, and allied genera; as, the scarlet-breasted robin ( Petroica mullticolor).

  4. Any one of several Asiatic birds; as, the Indian robins. See Indian robin, below. Beach robin (Zo["o]l.), the robin snipe, or knot. See Knot. Blue-throated robin. (Zo["o]l.) See Bluethroat. Canada robin (Zo["o]l.), the cedar bird. Golden robin (Zo["o]l.), the Baltimore oriole. Ground robin (Zo["o]l.), the chewink. Indian robin (Zo["o]l.), 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. Magrie robin (Zo["o]l.), an Asiatic singing bird ( Corsycus saularis), having the back, head, neck, and breast black glossed with blue, the wings black, and the belly white. Ragged robin. (Bot.) See under Ragged. Robin accentor (Zo["o]l.), a small Asiatic singing bird ( Accentor rubeculoides), somewhat resembling the European robin. Robin redbreast. (Zo["o]l.)

    1. The European robin.

    2. The American robin.

    3. The American bluebird. Robin snipe. (Zo["o]l.)

      1. The red-breasted snipe, or dowitcher.

      2. The red-breasted sandpiper, or knot. Robin's plantain. (Bot.) See under Plantain. Sea robin. (Zo["o]l.)

        1. 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.

        2. The red-breasted merganser, or sheldrake. [Local, U.S.]

          Water robin (Zo["o]l.), a redstart ( Ruticulla fuliginosa), native of India.


n. 1 The chaffinch, or roberd. 2 The European robin. 3 A military engine formerly used for throwing darts and stones.


Robinet may refer to:

  • Common chaffinch, a small bird of the finch family
  • European robin, usually referred to simply as a "robin"
  • Robinet (grape), another name for the French wine grape Jacqu√®re

Usage examples of "robinet".

Esther Hershenhorn, Phyllis Mandler, Harriette Gillem Robinet, Myra Sanderman, and Linda Schwab.