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Rob"in (?), n. [Properly a pet name for Robert, originally meaning, famebright; F., fron OHG. Roudperht; ruod (in comp.; akin to AS. hr&unr_;&unr_; glory, fame, Goth. hr&unr_;peigs victorius) + beraht bright. See Bright, Hob a clown.] (Zo&ö;l.) (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.
Beach robin (Zo&ö;l.), the robin snipe, or knot. See Knot. -- Blue-throated robin. (Zo&ö;l.) See Bluethroat. -- Canada robin (Zo&ö;l.), the cedar bird. -- Golden robin (Zo&ö;l.), the Baltimore oriole. -- Ground robin (Zo&ö;l.), the chewink. -- Indian robin (Zo&ö;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&ö;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&ö;l.), a small Asiatic singing bird (Accentor rubeculoides), somewhat resembling the European robin. -- Robin redbreast. (Zo&ö;l.) (a) The European robin. (b) The American robin. (c) The American bluebird. -- Robin snipe. (Zo&ö;l.) (a) The red-breasted snipe, or dowitcher. (b) The red-breasted sandpiper, or knot. -- Robin's plantain. (Bot.) See under Plantain. -- Sea robin. (Zo&ö;l.) (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.] -- Water robin (Zo&ö;l.), a redstart (Ruticulla fuliginosa), native of India.