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From Biology-Online Dictionary | Biology-Online Dictionary
1. (Science: 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.