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[rok] /rɒk/
noun, Arabian Mythology
a bird of enormous size and strength.
1570-80; < Arabic rukhkh, probably < Persian rukh; see rook2 Unabridged
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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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Encyclopedia Article for roc

gigantic legendary bird, said to carry off elephants and other large beasts for food. It is mentioned in the famous collection of Arabic tales, The Thousand and One Nights, and by the Venetian traveler Marco Polo, who referred to it in describing Madagascar and other islands off the coast of eastern Africa. According to Marco Polo, Kublai Khan inquired in those parts about the roc and was brought what was claimed to be a roc's feather, which may really have been a Raphia palm frond.

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