noun Arabian Mythology.
a bird of enormous size and strength.

1570–80; < Arabic rukhkh, probably < Persian rukh; see rook2 Unabridged
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roc (rɒk)
(in Arabian legend) a bird of enormous size and power
[C16: from Arabic rukhkh, from Persian rukh]

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Word Origin & History

large, ferocious bird of fable, 1579, from Arabic rukhkh, from Pers. rukh. Mentioned in Marco Polo's account of Madagascar, modern use is mostly from "Arabian Nights."
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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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Example sentences for roc
However, it is not celebrated officially by all of the people in the roc.
This new weapon gave the roc much additional work both at posts and operations rooms.
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