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noun Arabian Mythology.
  1. a bird of enormous size and strength.
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Origin of roc

1570–80; < Arabic rukhkh, probably < Persian rukh; see rook2
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  1. (in Arabian legend) a bird of enormous size and power
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Word Origin for roc

C16: from Arabic rukhkh, from Persian rukh


abbreviation for
  1. Royal Observer Corps
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Word Origin and History for roc


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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