ruddock

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Etymology[edit]

Anglo-Saxon ruddic; loaned from the Brythonic *roudākos (whence the Welsh rhuddog, Cornish rudhek) the redbreast. See rud.

Noun[edit]

ruddock (plural ruddocks)

  1. (obsolete) The European robin.
    • Chaucer
      The tame ruddock and the coward kite.
  2. (obsolete) A piece of gold money (probably because the gold of coins was often reddened by copper alloy).
    • Florio
      Great pieces of gold [] red ruddocks.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.