Origin of rood
- Middle English from Old English rōd
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English rood, from Old English rÅd (“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 *rÅdÅ, *rÅdÅn (“rod, pole"), from Proto-Indo-European *rÅt-, *rÄt- (“bar, beam, stem"). Cognate with German Rute (“rod, cane, pole"), Norwegian roda (“rod"). Largely displaced by cross. More at rod.