Origin of ground robin
An Americanism dating back to 1785–95
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Examples from the Web for ground robin
The bird was not a new one, but was well known then as the ground-robin.
Chewink: towhee, or ground-robin; to be distinguished by his loud call of “chewink” and his vigorous scratching among the leaves.