- the 10th letter of the Arabic alphabet.
Origin of rā
- a sun god of Heliopolis, a universal creator worshiped throughout Egypt (typically represented as a hawk-headed man bearing on his head the solar disk and the uraeus).
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Examples from the Web for ras
For the most part, residents of Ras Baalbek say they feel secure.
Ras Baalbek is just one of a handful of Christian villages in the northern Bekaa Valley not far from the Syrian border.
Armed men also stopped voters from casting their ballots in the port town of Ras Lanuf.Polls Close in First Libyan Election in More Than 40 Years
July 7, 2012
The nearest shelter was a hotel in the residential portion of the Ras Lanuf oil complex, and I got there as quickly as I could.
Tyler described some of that Ras Lanuf fighting in an interview for a New York Times blog.
You step into the store and ask Ras to hitch up and drive you back to the Centre.
That's Erastus Beebe's store and Ras is a good friend of mine.
If Ras ain't in the store he'll be in his house right back of it.
Ras Beebe couldn't get one word in your message and he read it to me over the 'phone.
In another p. 108half-hour we had Ras el Ahhmar on our left.Byeways in Palestine
- Royal Agricultural Society
- Royal Astronomical Society
- rear admiral
- astronomy right ascension
- (in Britain) Royal Academician or Academy
- (in Britain) Royal Artillery
- Argentina (international car registration)
(sense 5) from República Argentina
- the ancient Egyptian sun god, depicted as a man with a hawk's head surmounted by a solar disc and serpent
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Word Origin and History for ras
Ethiopian title, from Amharic ras "chief, head," from Arabic ra's.
"hawk-headed sovereign sun god of Egyptian mythology," from Egyptian R' "sun, day."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- reticular activating system
- The symbol for the elementradium
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- The symbol for radium.
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