from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun 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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  • noun 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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  • noun common perennial native to Europe and western Asia having usually pink flowers with ragged petals


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


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