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ragged robin

noun

  1. a plant, Lychnis flos-cuculi, of the pink family, having pink or white flowers with dissected petals.


ragged robin

noun

  1. a caryophyllaceous plant, Lychnis floscuculi , native to Europe and Asia, that has pink or white flowers with ragged petals Also calledcuckooflower See also catchfly


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Word History and Origins

Origin of ragged robin1

First recorded in 1735–45
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Example Sentences

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

Hawthorn was dropping from the hedges; penny daisies and ragged robin were in the field, like laughter.

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.

Presently, he heard her low-voiced song as she came through the orange grove beyond the Ragged Robin hedge.

No yellowing spray of goldenrod, no blue-eyed ragged-robin, but symbolized the blessings of which he had been cheated.

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