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the cross on which Jesus died.
(lowercase) a crucifix, especially one above a rood screen.
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Origin of Holy Rood
before 1150; Middle English; Old English
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How to use Holy Rood in a sentence
This seizure was made on the 3d of May, being “Holyrood day,” at a time when Cartier had completed his preparations for sailing.The Indian in his Wigwam|Henry R. Schoolcraft
The headquarters of the army were now at Edinburgh, the staff being located in Holyrood Palace.
Tailors were immediately set to work, and next morning the captain was enabled to visit his brother officers at Holyrood.
In consideration of this deliverance, strengthened by a vision, the foundations of Holyrood were laid.
The coronation ceremony, performed with great solemnity, was gone through on the 17th of May at Holyrood House.
British Dictionary definitions for Holy Rood (1 of 2)
a cross or crucifix, esp one placed upon the rood screen in a church
(often capital) the cross on which Christ was crucified
British Dictionary definitions for Holy Rood (2 of 2)
/ (ˈhɒlɪˌruːd, ˈhəʊlɪˌruːd) /
the Scottish Parliament building in Edinburgh, located beside Holyroodhouse
informal the Scottish Government
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