\ˈrüd \

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 acre

b : any of various units of length especially : a British unit equal to seven or eight yards or sometimes a rod

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The flowers fill the front of the church and attach to the rood screen, a traditional decorative screen that separates the parishioners from the clergy. Danika Worthington, The Denver Post, "Turning a cathedral into a garden: Saint John’s Cathedral in Denver prepares for Easter," 15 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of rood

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for rood

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

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