robinet

noun
rob·​in·​et | \ ˈräbə̇nə̇t \
plural -s

Definition of robinet

1a dialectal, England : robin
b : chaffinch
2 [from Robinet, diminutive of Robin, nickname from the name Robert] : a light cannon of the 16th century throwing a projectile weighing about half a pound

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History and Etymology for robinet

Middle English, short for robinet redbrest, from Robinet (diminutive of Robin, nickname from the name Robert) + Middle English redbrest redbreast

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“Robinet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/robinet. Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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