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A horse, especially a working farm horse.
[From Dobbin, alteration of Robin, nickname for Robert.]
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1. a name for a horse, esp a workhorse, often used in children's tales, etc
2. (Agriculture) NZ a trolley for moving loose wool in a woolshed or shearing shed
[C16: from Robin, pet form of Robert]
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a horse, esp. a quiet, plodding horse for farm work or family use.
[1590–1600; alter. of Robin, hypocoristic form of Robert]
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