rood: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (rd), [key]
— n.
  1. a crucifix, esp. a large one at the entrance to the choir or chancel of a medieval church, often supported on a rood beam or rood screen.
  2. a cross as used in crucifixion.
  3. a unit of length varying locally from 5 to 8 yards (5 to 7 m).
  4. a unit of land measure equal to 40 square rods or acre (0.10117 hectare).
  5. a unit of 1 square rod (25.29 sq. m).
  6. the cross on which Christ died.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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