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noun \ˈrüd\

Definition of rood

  1. 1 :  a cross or crucifix symbolizing the cross on which Jesus Christ died; specifically :  a large crucifix on a beam or screen at the entrance to the chancel of a church

  2. 2 a :  any of various units of land area; especially :  a British unit equal to 14 acre b :  any of various units of length; especially :  a British unit equal to seven or eight yards or sometimes a rod

Origin and Etymology of rood

Middle English, from Old English rōd rod, rood; akin to Old High German ruota rod and perhaps to Old Russian ratište lance

First Known Use: before 12th century

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to permeate or influence as if by dyeing

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