from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A North American songbird (Turdus migratorius) having a rust-red breast and gray and black upper plumage. Also called robin redbreast.
- n. A small Old World bird (Erithacus rubecula) having an orange breast and a brown back. Also called robin redbreast.
- n. Any of various birds resembling a robin.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A European robin; Erithacus rubecula.
- n. An American robin; Turdus migratorius.
- n. Various passerine birds (about 100 species) of the families Muscicapidae, Turdidae and Petroicidae (formerly Eopsaltridae), typically with a red breast.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A small European singing bird (Erythacus rubecula), having a reddish breast; -- called also robin redbreast, robinet, and ruddock.
- n. 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.
- n. Any one of several species of Australian warblers of the genera Petroica, Melanadrays, and allied genera.
- n. Any one of several Asiatic birds. See Indian robin, below.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A small sylviine bird of Europe, Erythacus rubecula, more fully called robin-redbreast, and also redbreast, robinet, and ruddock.
- n. The red-breasted or migratory thrush of North America, Turdus migratorius or Merula migratoria, one of the most abundant and familiar of North American birds: so called from the reddish-brown color of the under parts, which, however, is very different, both in hue and in extent, from that of the European redbreast.
- n. With a qualifying term, one of numerous warbler-like or thrush-like birds, more or less nearly related to or resembling either of the foregoing: as, the blue-throated robin. (See Cyanecula, and cut under bluethroat.)
- n. The robin-snipe or red-breasted sandpiper, Tringa canutus: a clipped name among gunners. Also beach-robin. See knot, 1.
- n. The sea-robin or red-breasted merganser, Mergus serrator.
- n. In ichthyology, a sea-robin or flying-robin; one of several kinds of Triglidæ.
- n. A local name of the pinfish.
- n. A name variously applied (commonly as part of a compound) to the herb-robert, to species of Lychnis, and to some other plants.
- n. A trimming on the front of a dress.
- n. Same as robbin.
- n. A toxin obtained from the Robinia Pseudacacia, a locust-tree of North America.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. large American thrush having a rust-red breast and abdomen
- n. small Old World songbird with a reddish breast
Short for Robin Redbreast, from Middle English Robin, personal name, from Old French, diminutive of Robert.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)