Rood Definition

A cross as used in crucifixion; specif., the cross on which Jesus was crucified.
Webster's New World
Any cross representing this; crucifix, esp. a large one at the entrance to the chancel or choir of a medieval church, often supported on a rood beam or rood screen.
Webster's New World
An old unit of linear measure varying locally from 512 to 8 yards; sometimes, 1 rod.
Webster's New World
An old unit of land measure usually equal to14 acre (40 square rods)
Webster's New World

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Origin of Rood

  • From Middle English rood, from Old English rōd (“a rod, pole, rood (land measure), plot of land of a square rod, a cross, rood (as in Holy-rood), gallows, a cross on which a person is executed, death on a cross, crucifix"), from Proto-Germanic *rōdō, *rōdōn (“rod, pole"), from Proto-Indo-European *rōt-, *rāt- (“bar, beam, stem"). Cognate with German Rute (“rod, cane, pole"), Norwegian roda (“rod"). Largely displaced by cross. More at rod.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English from Old English rōd

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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