1. [syn: rook, Corvus frugilegus]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Rook \Rook\, n. [AS. hr[=o]c; akin to OHG. hruoh, ruoh, ruoho,
Icel. hr[=o]kr, Sw. roka, Dan. raage; cf. Goth. hrukjan to
1. (Zool.) A European bird (Corvus frugilegus) resembling
the crow, but smaller. It is black, with purple and violet
reflections. The base of the beak and the region around it
are covered with a rough, scabrous skin, which in old
birds is whitish. It is gregarious in its habits. The name
is also applied to related Asiatic species.
The rook . . . should be treated as the farmer's
2. A trickish, rapacious fellow; a cheat; a sharper.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: common gregarious Old World bird about the size and color
of the American crow [syn: rook, Corvus frugilegus]