Origin of ruddockMiddle English ruddok ; from Old English rudduc ; from rudu, red (see rudd) + -uc, -ock
Origin of ruddockMiddle English ruddok, from Old English rudduc; see reudh- in Indo-European roots.
- (obsolete) The European robin.
- (obsolete) A piece of gold money (probably because the gold of coins was often reddened by copper alloy).
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Anglo-Saxon ruddic; loaned from the Brythonic *roudÄkos (whence the Welsh rhuddog, Cornish rudhek) the redbreast. See rud.