Ragged robin

Ragged robin
Ragged Rag"ged (r[a^]g"g[e^]d), a. [From {Rag}, n.] 1. Rent or worn into tatters, or till the texture is broken; as, a ragged coat; a ragged sail. [1913 Webster]

2. Broken with rough edges; having jags; uneven; rough; jagged; as, ragged rocks. [1913 Webster]

3. Hence, harsh and disagreeable to the ear; dissonant. [R.] ``A ragged noise of mirth.'' --Herbert. [1913 Webster]

4. Wearing tattered clothes; as, a ragged fellow. [1913 Webster]

5. Rough; shaggy; rugged. [1913 Webster]

What shepherd owns those ragged sheep? --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

{Ragged lady} (Bot.), the fennel flower ({Nigella Damascena}).

{Ragged robin} (Bot.), a plant of the genus {Lychnis} ({Lychnis Flos-cuculi}), cultivated for its handsome flowers, which have the petals cut into narrow lobes.

{Ragged sailor} (Bot.), prince's feather ({Polygonum orientale}).

{Ragged school}, a free school for poor children, where they are taught and in part fed; -- a name given at first because they came in their common clothing. [Eng.] [1913 Webster] -- {Rag"ged*ly}, adv. -- {Rag"ged*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Ragged robin — Robin Rob in, n. [Properly a pet name for Robert, originally meaning, famebright; F., fron OHG. Roudperht; ruod (in comp.; akin to AS. hr?? glory, fame, Goth. hr?peigs victorius) + beraht bright. See {Bright}, {Hob} a clown.] (Zo[ o]l.) (a) A… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ragged robin — n. a perennial plant (Lychnis flos cuculi) of the pink family, with loose clusters of pink or red flowers …   English World dictionary

  • Ragged Robin — Taxobox | name = Ragged Robin image width = 240px regnum = Plantae divisio = Magnoliophyta classis = Magnoliopsida ordo = Caryophyllales familia = Caryophyllaceae genus = Lychnis species = L. flos cuculi binomial = Lychnis flos cuculi binomial… …   Wikipedia

  • ragged robin — noun A type of wild campion, Lychnis flos cuculi, in the family Caryophyllaceae, which grows across Europe and has pink flowers. Paul came back and threaded daisies in her jet black hair, big spangles of white and yellow, and just a pink touch of …   Wiktionary

  • ragged robin — noun common perennial native to Europe and western Asia having usually pink flowers with ragged petals • Syn: ↑cuckoo flower, ↑Lychnis flos cuculi, ↑Lychins floscuculi • Hypernyms: ↑lychnis, ↑catchfly …   Useful english dictionary

  • ragged robin — noun Date: 1741 a perennial herb (Lychnis flos cuculi) of the pink family cultivated for its pink flowers with narrow lobed petals …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • ragged robin — a plant, Lychnis flos cuculi, of the pink family, having pink or white flowers with dissected petals. [1735 45] * * * …   Universalium

  • ragged robin — noun a pink flowered campion with divided petals that give it a tattered appearance. [Lychnis flos cuculi.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • ragged robin — rag′ged rob′in n. pln a plant, Lychnis flos cuculi, of the pink family, having pink or white flowers with dissected petals • Etymology: 1735–45 …   From formal English to slang

  • ragged robin — /rægəd ˈrɒbən/ (say raguhd robuhn) noun a plant, Lychnis flos cuculi, bearing pink or white flowers with dissected petals, widespread in Europe and Asia …   Australian English dictionary

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