\ ˈrō How to pronounce rho (audio) \

Definition of rho

: the 17th letter of the Greek alphabet — see Alphabet Table

Examples of rho in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Per a statement, symbols seen on the cup include a chi-rho (or monogram said to represent Jesus Christ), a happy bishop, ships, a congregation, a fish and a whale. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "Britain’s Oldest Example of Christian Graffiti Found Near Hadrian’s Wall," 1 Sep. 2020 If the electrons and positrons had originated from persistent rho particles with a characteristic energy or mass, there would have been a bump in the curve. Quanta Magazine, "Physicists Peer Inside a Fireball of Quantum Matter," 30 July 2019 But the rho meson turned out to be something of a special case, and the bootstrap method soon lost momentum. Quanta Magazine, "Physicists Uncover Geometric ‘Theory Space’," 23 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of rho

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rho

Greek rhō, of Semitic origin; akin to Hebrew rēsh resh

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“Rho.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rho. Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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