roc

[ rok ]
/ rɒk /
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noun Arabian Mythology.

a bird of enormous size and strength.

Nearby words

  1. robusta coffee,
  2. robusti, jacopo,
  3. robustious,
  4. robustly,
  5. robustness,
  6. roca,
  7. rocaille,
  8. rocambole,
  9. rocard,
  10. rochalimaea

Origin of roc

1570–80; < Arabic rukhkh, probably < Persian rukh; see rook2

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British Dictionary definitions for roc

roc

/ (rɒk) /

noun

(in Arabian legend) a bird of enormous size and power

Word Origin for roc

C16: from Arabic rukhkh, from Persian rukh

ROC

abbreviation for

Royal Observer Corps
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Word Origin and History for roc

roc

n.

large, ferocious bird of fable, 1570s, from Arabic rukhkh, from Persian rukh. Mentioned in Marco Polo's account of Madagascar, modern use is mostly from "Arabian Nights." Hence roc's egg "something marvelous or prodigious."

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