Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Chiefly British An Old World robin (Erithacus rubecula) having olive-brown upper plumage and a conspicuous orange breast.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The European robin.
  • n. A piece of gold money (probably because the gold of coins was often reddened by copper alloy).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The European robin.
  • n. A piece of gold money; -- probably because the gold of coins was often reddened by copper alloy. Called also red ruddock, and golden ruddock.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The bird Erythacus rubecula, the robin-redbreast of Europe. See robin
  • n. . A gold coin: also called red ruddock or golden ruddock.
  • n. A kind of apple.

Etymologies

Middle English ruddok, from Old English rudduc; see reudh- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Anglo-Saxon ruddic; compare Welsh rhuddog the redbreast. See rud. (Wiktionary)

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  • An Old World robin (Erithacus rubecula) having olive-brown upper plumage and a conspicuous orange breast.

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