- A gregarious Eurasian crow with black plumage and a bare face, nesting in colonies in treetops.
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- Corvus frugilegus, family Corvidae
- Birds - blackbirds and thrushes, robins, starlings, rooks and crows, jays, ducks, seagulls and owls will eat slugs.
- Crows belong to the family of corvids, which also includes rooks, jays, ravens and jackdaws.
- Outside the city walls, the fields would have supported birds such as starlings, rooks and crows, just as you can see today but in greater abundance.
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- Take money from (someone) by cheating, defrauding, or overcharging them.More example sentences
- And they were convinced they'd rooked us… Yeah, the perfect business deal.
- He once said: ‘If we were to apply the Sermon on the Mount to our business, we would be rooked within six months.’
- I started to notice that I was getting rooked by the sites about a year ago.
Old English hrōc, probably imitative and of Germanic origin; related to Dutch roek.
- A chess piece, typically with its top in the shape of a battlement, that can move in any direction along a rank or file on which it stands. Each player starts the game with two rooks at opposite ends of the first rank. See also castle.More example sentences
- With the rise in use of exchange sacrifices, rook versus minor piece endgames are becoming more common, and there are key defensive techniques that a player must know.
- In the even rarer case of two rooks vs. three minor pieces, the limited statistics give the minor pieces a slight edge provided they include the bishop pair, which they usually do.
- All the pieces move in straight lines like the rook or castle in chess, and a piece may be moved any number of squares providing no other piece is standing in the way.
Middle English: from Old French rock, based on Arabic ruḵḵ (of which the sense remains uncertain).