herb Robert


noun, plural herbs Robert.

a wild geranium, Geranium robertianum, having fernlike, scented leaves and reddish-purple flowers.

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Origin of herb Robert

1250–1300; Middle English <Medieval Latin herba Robertī Robert's herb
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Example sentences from the Web for herb Robert

  • The little geranium known as herb-robert is a neighbor of the corydalis, and, like it, stands the cold remarkably well.

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British Dictionary definitions for herb Robert

herb Robert

noun plural herbs Robert

a low-growing N temperate geraniaceous plant, Geranium robertianum, with strongly scented divided leaves and small pink flowers

Word Origin for herb Robert

C13: from Medieval Latin herba Roberti herb of Robert, probably named after St Robert, 11th-century French ecclesiastic
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