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ragged robin

a plant, Lychnis flos-cuculi, of the pink family, having pink or white flowers with dissected petals.
Origin of ragged robin
First recorded in 1735-45 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Hawthorn was dropping from the hedges; penny daisies and ragged robin were in the field, like laughter.

    Sons and Lovers David Herbert Lawrence
  • Paul came back and threaded daisies in her jet-black hair—big spangles of white and yellow, and just a pink touch of ragged robin.

    Sons and Lovers David Herbert Lawrence
  • Doris brought in the first violets on the fifteenth, with a few wisps of saxifrage and ragged robin.

    Kit of Greenacre Farm

    Izola Forrester
  • The pink lychnis or ragged robin grows among the grasses; the iris flowers higher on the shore.

    The Hills and the Vale Richard Jefferies
  • Presently, he heard her low-voiced song as she came through the orange grove beyond the ragged robin hedge.

    The Eyes of the World Harold Bell Wright
  • This name, which in Shakespeares time was applied to the ragged robin, is now used for the buttercup.

    Folk-lore of Shakespeare Thomas Firminger Thiselton-Dyer
British Dictionary definitions for ragged robin

ragged robin

a caryophyllaceous plant, Lychnis floscuculi, native to Europe and Asia, that has pink or white flowers with ragged petals Also called cuckooflower See also catchfly
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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