Ragged-robin meaning

A perennial plant (Silene flos-cuculi syn. Lychnis flos-cuculi) in the pink family, native to Europe and also found in eastern North America, having opposite leaves and pink flowers with deeply lobed petals.
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A perennial plant (Lychnis flos-cuculi) of the pink family, with loose clusters of pink or red flowers.
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(UK) A type of wild campion, Lychnis flos-cuculi, in the family Caryophyllaceae, which grows across Europe and has pink flowers.
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Origin of ragged-robin

  • From ragged + robin, probably because of the untidy appearance of its petals.

    From Wiktionary