1. <zoology> The European robin. "The tame ruddock and the coward kite."

2. A piece of gold money; probably because the gold of coins was often reddened by copper alloy. Called also red ruddock, and golden ruddock. "Great pieces of gold . . . Red ruddocks." (Florio)

Origin: AS. Ruddic; cf. W. Rhuddog the redbreast. See Rud

Alternative forms: raddock.

(01 Mar 1998)

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