rood

[ rood ]
/ rud /

noun

a crucifix, especially a large one at the entrance to the choir or chancel of a medieval church, often supported on a rood beam or rood screen.
a cross as used in crucifixion.
a unit of length varying locally from 5½ to 8 yards (5 to 7 meters).
a unit of land measure equal to 40 square rods or ¼ acre (0.10117 hectare).
a unit of 1 square rod (25.29 sq. m).
Archaic. the cross on which Christ died.

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Origin of rood

before 900; Middle English; Old English rōd pole, crucifix; cognate with German Rute rod, twig
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rood

/ (ruːd) /

noun

  1. a crucifix, esp one set on a beam or screen at the entrance to the chancel of a church
  2. (as modifier)rood beam; rood arch; rood screen
the Cross on which Christ was crucified
a unit of area equal to one quarter of an acre or 0.10117 hectares
a unit of area equal to 40 square rods

Word Origin for rood

Old English rōd; related to Old Saxon rōda, Old Norse rōtha
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