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ragged robin


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ragged robin (plural ragged robins)

  1. (Britain) A type of wild campion, Lychnis flos-cuculi, in the family Caryophyllaceae, which grows across Europe and has pink flowers.
    • 1913, D.H. Lawrence, Sons and Lovers, chapter 6
      Paul came back and threaded daisies in her jet black hair, big spangles of white and yellow, and just a pink touch of ragged robbin.
    • 1919,Ronald Firbank, Valmouth, Duckworth, hardback edition, page 91:
      He had a suit of summer mufti, and a broad-brimmed blue beaver hat looped with leaves broken from the hedgerows in the lanes, and a Leander scarf tucked full of flowers: loosestrife, meadowrue, orchis, ragged-robin.