Definition of rood
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
2a : any of various units of land area; especially : a British unit equal to 1⁄4 acreb : 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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