\ˈreks \
plural rexes or rex

Definition of rex 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: an animal (such as a domestic rabbit or cat) showing a genetic recessive variation in which the guard hairs are very short, sparse, or entirely lacking — compare cornish rex, devon rex

\ˈreks \

Definition of rex (Entry 2 of 2)

: king

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Photo: perry duffin/epa-efe/rex/shutterstock The tactic worked until winter rains failed to arrive this year, turning fertile areas into dust bowls. Rob Taylor, WSJ, "Drought Tests Australia’s Model Water Market," 8 Nov. 2018 Remains of Triceratops, Tyrannosaurus rex and Pachycephalosaurus have been found on Bliss Dinosaur Ranch in Weston, and guests are invited on two- or three-day digs on the 3,500-acre ranch. Susan B. Barnes, USA TODAY, "Dinosaurs in real-life: Where to find them around the US," 26 June 2018 Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin and the Chinese Academy of Sciences examined more than 330 fossil specimens, including small bird-like dinosaurs, large plant-eating dinosaurs, flying pterosaurs and a Tyrannosaurus rex. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Actually, T. Rex Probably Couldn’t Stick Out Its Tongue," 22 June 2018 Photo: jeon heon-kyun/epa-efe/rex/shutt/EPA/Shutterstock North Korea’s cyber army has about 7,000 hackers and support staffers, according to South Korean cyber experts, who loosely divide them into three teams. Timothy W. Martin, WSJ, "North Korea, While Professing Peace, Escalated Cyberattacks on South," 25 May 2018 There's certainly a lot to be said about a Tyrannosaurus rex, even a scavenging one. NBC News, "'Jurassic World': Paleontologist who inspired Alan Grant role talks real-life dino science," 20 June 2018 Animatronic models lining a wooded path include various species of the 65-million-year-old giants, from Tyrannosaurus rex to the birdlike citipati., "Five things to do around Boston, May 21-27," 18 May 2018 The cast skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus rex stands just inside the entryway. Eric Adler And Steve Vockrodt, kansascity, "After losing millions, can Prairiefire dinosaur museum in Johnson County evolve? | The Kansas City Star," 18 May 2018 After special themed cocktails and nibbles, guests lingered—and posed for selfies with the oversize Tyrannosaurus rex—while grooving to tracks spun by DJ Venus X. Vogue, "Coach Gets Dark With a Spooky, Fairy Tale–Inspired Disney Collection," 11 May 2018

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First Known Use of rex


1920, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rex


modification of French castorrex, castorex, a variety of rabbit, perhaps from Latin castor beaver + rex king — more at castor, royal

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