noun \ˈrä-bən\

: a North American bird with a grayish back and reddish breast

: a small European bird with a brownish back and orange face and breast

Full Definition of ROBIN

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
:  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

Origin of ROBIN

akin to Dutch dialect robijntje linnet, Frisian robyntsje
First Known Use: 1549

Other Birds Terms

aerie, bunting, clutch, covey, hackle, ratite, rictus, ruff, skein, zygodactyl

Rhymes with ROBIN


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Either of two thrush species (family Turdidae). The American robin (Turdus migratorius), 10 in. (25 cm) long, with gray-brown upper parts and a rusty breast, lives in deciduous forests and sometimes towns. It eats earthworms, insects, and berries. The European robin, or robin redbreast (Erithacus rubecula), breeds throughout Europe, western Asia, and part of North Africa. It is 5.5 in. (14 cm) long, with olive-brown upper parts, white belly, and rusty-orange face and breast.


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