- the cross on which Jesus died.
- (lowercase) a crucifix, especially one above a rood screen.
Origin of Holy Rood
before 1150; Middle English; Old English
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- a cross or crucifix, esp one placed upon the rood screen in a church
- (often capital) the cross on which Christ was crucified