The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Ribbon \Rib"bon\, n. [OE. riban, OF. riban, F. ruban, probably
of German origin; cf. D. ringband collar, necklace, E. ring
circle, and band.] [Written also riband, ribband.]
1. A fillet or narrow woven fabric, commonly of silk, used
for trimming some part of a woman's attire, for badges,
and other decorative purposes.
2. A narrow strip or shred; as, a steel or magnesium ribbon;
sails torn to ribbons.
3. (Shipbuilding) Same as Rib-band.
4. pl. Driving reins. [Cant] --London Athenaeum.
5. (Her.) A bearing similar to the bend, but only one eighth
6. (Spinning) A silver.
Note: The blue ribbon, and The red ribbon, are phrases often
used to designate the British orders of the Garter and
of the Bath, respectively, the badges of which are
suspended by ribbons of these colors. See Blue
ribbon, under Blue.
Ribbon fish. (Zool.)
(a) Any elongated, compressed, ribbon-shaped marine fish
of the family Trachypteridae, especially the species
of the genus Trachypterus, and the oarfish
(Regelecus Banksii) of the North Atlantic, which is
sometimes over twenty feet long.
(b) The hairtail, or bladefish.
(c) A small compressed marine fish of the genus Cepola,
having a long, slender, tapering tail. The European
species (Cepola rubescens) is light red throughout.
Called also band fish.
Ribbon grass (Bot.), a variety of reed canary grass having
the leaves stripped with green and white; -- called also
Lady's garters. See Reed grass, under Reed.
Ribbon seal (Zool.), a North Pacific seal (Histriophoca
fasciata). The adult male is dark brown, conspicuously
banded and striped with yellowish white.
Ribbon snake (Zool.), a common North American snake
(Eutainia saurita). It is conspicuously striped with
bright yellow and dark brown.
Ribbon Society, a society in Ireland, founded in the early
part of the 19th century in antagonism to the Orangemen.
It afterwards became an organization of tennant farmers
banded together to prevent eviction by landlords. It took
its name from the green ribbon worn by members as a badge.
Ribborn worm. (Zool.)
(a) A tapeworm.
(b) A nemertean.