The bird is also commonly mistaken for a rook, and so shares the privileges of those popular birds.
Then came a rook, in black, like a minister, with spectacles and white cravat.
The rook flew straight away to the flock to which he belonged, to tell them all that had been said.
The emperor plays the rook; Francis moves his pawn—my poor self.
As the two birds mount, the hawk naturally gains on the rook.
That they are,” replied the rook, “and they ought to be taught better.
If he's a dark horse he might rook me at billiards or bridge.
If one rook of a colony gets into trouble, all the rest are worried about him directly.
The - 235 - large birds commonly seen are the rook, carrion crow, daw, and wood-pigeon.
He had a gun on his shoulder, and carried by the claws the body of a rook with white wings.
"European crow," Old English hroc, from Proto-Germanic *khrokaz (cf. Old Norse hrokr, Middle Dutch roec, Dutch roek, Middle Swedish roka, Old High German hruoh "crow"), possibly imitative of its raucous voice (cf. Gaelic roc "croak," Sanskrit kruc "to cry out"). Used as a disparaging term for persons since at least c.1500, and extended by 1570s to mean "a cheat," especially at cards or dice.
chess piece, c.1300, from Old French roc, from Arabic rukhkh, from Persian rukh, of unknown meaning, perhaps somehow related to the Indian name for the piece, rut, from Hindi rath "chariot." Confused in Middle English with roc.
"to defraud by cheating" (originally especially in a game), 1590s, from rook (n.1) in some sense (e.g. "a gull, simpleton," but this is not attested until 17c.). Related: Rooked; rooking.
: Balcony seats for 40 bucks are a real rook
To cheat; defraud; gyp: who would rook them for two dollars (1577+)
[probably fr the thieving habits of the rook, which it shares with other corvine birds like the crow and magpie]