ROB'IN, n. [L. rubecula, from rubeo, to be red.] 1. A bird of the genus Motacilla, called also redbreast. This is the English application of the word. 2. In the United States, a bird with a red breast, a species of Turdus.
nounEtymology: akin to Dutch dialect robijntje linnet, Frisian robyntsjeDate: 1549 1.a. a small chiefly European thrush (Erithacus rubecula) resembling a warbler and having a brownish-olive back and orangish face and breast b. any of various Old World songbirds that are related to or resemble the European robin 2. a large North American thrush (Turdus migratorius) with olivaceous to slate-gray upperparts, blackish head and tail, black and whitish streaked throat, and dull reddish breast and underparts
n. 1 (also robin redbreast) a small brown European bird, Erithacus rubecula, the adult of which has a red throat and breast. 2 US a red-breasted thrush, Turdus migratorius. 3 a bird similar in appearance etc. to either of these. Phrases and idioms: Robin Hood (with ref. to the legend of the medieval forest outlaw) a person who acts illegally or unfavourably towards the rich for the benefit of the poor. Etymology: ME f. OF, familiar var. of the name Robert
(robins) 1. A robin is a small brown bird found in Europe. The male has an orangey-red neck and breast. N-COUNT 2. A robin is a brown bird found in North America. The male has a reddish-brown breast. North American robins are larger than European ones, and are a completely different species of bird. N-COUNT 3. see alsoround-robin