Definition of robin in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈrɒbɪn


1A small Old World thrush related to the chats, typically having a brown back with red on the breast or other colourful markings.
  • Erithacus and other genera, family Turdidae: numerous species, e.g. the familiar European robin or redbreast (E. rubecula), which has an orange-red face and breast
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  • Migrating from northern Europe to the Iberian Peninsula's cork forests are blackcaps, finches, robins, and song thrushes.
  • In their study, the researchers compared two species of night-migratory songbirds - garden warblers and European robins - with two non-migratory songbirds - zebra finches and canaries.
  • As dawn breaks on a misty Welsh morning, the earliest birds to break into song are likely to include European robins, followed by blackbirds and song thrushes.
2 [usually with adjective or noun modifier] Any of a number of other birds that resemble the European robin, especially in having a red breast:
  • A large New World thrush (genus Turdus, family Turdidae), in particular the American robin (T. migratorius).Australian/NZ a small songbird related to the flycatchers (family Eopsaltridae, in particular genus Petroica).


mid 16th century: from Old French, pet form of the given name Robert.

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