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First published 1990 (DOST Vol. VII).
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(Robene redebrest,) Robene reidbreist. Also: robein, -yn and redbrest. [e.m.E. robyn redbrest (1529); Robene n.2, Red(e adj. and Brest(e n.] The robin. — c1450-2 Howlat 647 (A).
Robyn redbrest nocht ran Bot raid as a hensman
a1605 Montg. Flyt. 18 (H).
Thou art … Fykand and fidland lyke Robene reid breist
1611 J. Melvill in McCrie Melville 445.
In cums Robein Reidbreist mirrelie

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