American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 2

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Author: Noah Webster

Rook

ROOK, n. [L. graculus; probably from its voice. See Crow and Croak.]

1. A fowl of the genus Corvus, the fowl mentioned by Virgil under this name. This fowl resembles the crow, but differs from it in not feeding on carrion, but on insects and grain. In crows also the nostrils and root of the bill are clothed with feathers, but in rooks the same parts are naked, or have only a few bristly hairs. The rook is gregarious.

2. A cheat; a trickish, rapacious fellow.

ROOK, n. A common man at chess.

ROOK, v.i. To cheat; to defraud.

ROOK, v.t. To cheat; to defraud by cheating.

ROOK, v.i. To squat. [See Ruck.]

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Chicago: Noah Webster Jr., "Rook," American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 2 in An American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 2 (New York: S. Converse, 1828), Original Sources, accessed September 23, 2018, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=DBXWMP56LLJL7J8.

MLA: Webster, Noah, Jr. "Rook." American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 2, in An American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 2, New York, S. Converse, 1828, Original Sources. 23 Sep. 2018. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=DBXWMP56LLJL7J8.

Harvard: Webster, N, 'Rook' in American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 2. cited in 1828, An American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 2, S. Converse, New York. Original Sources, retrieved 23 September 2018, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=DBXWMP56LLJL7J8.