Origin of rood
Examples from the Web for rood
The pulpit, approached by the rood staircase, is of the same date.Somerset|G.W. Wade and J.H. Wade
Rood loft, the place in the church where the images were set up.
A memorandum in the churchwardens' accounts speak of him setting up a pair of organs on the rood loft.Bell's Cathedrals: Wimborne Minster and Christchurch Priory|Thomas Perkins
Every statement which Rood made, as Bartlett knows, is a lie.My Attainment of the Pole|Frederick A. Cook
Every rood of this region had been in possession of that humming army over there.The Long Roll|Mary Johnston
British Dictionary definitions for rood
- a crucifix, esp one set on a beam or screen at the entrance to the chancel of a church
- (as modifier)rood beam; rood arch; rood screen
Word Origin for rood
Word Origin and History for rood
Old English rod "pole," varying from 6 to 8 yards; also "cross," especially that upon which Christ suffered; "crucifix," especially a large one; also a measure of land, properly 40 square poles or perches, from Proto-Germanic *rod- (cf. Old Saxon ruoda "stake, pile, cross," Old Frisian rode, Middle Dutch roede, Old High German ruota, German Rute "rod"), from PIE *ret- "post" (cf. Latin ratis "raft," retae "trees standing on the bank of a stream;" Old Church Slavonic ratiste "spear, staff;" Lithuanian rekles "scaffolding"). Probably not connected with rod.