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[rok] /rɒk/
noun, Arabian Mythology
a bird of enormous size and strength.
Origin of roc
1570-80; < Arabic rukhkh, probably < Persian rukh; see rook2 Unabridged
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  • They retired in the daytime to their dens, where they hid themselves from the roc, their enemy, and came out only in the night.

  • There we found a roc's egg, equal in size to the one I had seen before.

    Favorite Fairy Tales Logan Marshall
  • Youll find thats a big bird, like a roc, declared Budge, while he began to help the Indian get supper.

    Jack Ranger's Gun Club Clarence Young
  • They answered, 'By a touch of the gall of the roc on his forehead.'

  • It signifies 'thirty birds' and is thought to be the roc of the Arabs.

    The Fairy Mythology Thomas Keightley
  • His 2d lady had no child; was poysoned by the hands of Co. of roc.

  • Times like these, a lump like a roc's egg would rise in the boy's throat.

British Dictionary definitions for roc


(in Arabian legend) a bird of enormous size and power
Word Origin
C16: from Arabic rukhkh, from Persian rukh


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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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