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rood  (rd)
n.
1.
a. A crucifix symbolizing the cross on which Jesus was crucified.
b. A large, usually wooden crucifix surmounting the rood screen or rood beam of a medieval church.
2. Chiefly British A measure of length that varies from 5 1/2 to 8 yards (5.0 to 7.3 meters).
3. A measure of land equal to 1/4 acre, or 40 square rods (0.10 hectare).

[Middle English, from Old English rd.]
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