- 1The crime, typically committed by a man, of forcing another person to have sexual intercourse with the offender against their will: he denied two charges of attempted rape he had committed at least two rapes
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late Middle English (originally denoting violent seizure of property, later carrying off a woman by force): from Anglo-Norman French rap (noun), raper (verb), from Latin rapere 'seize'.
- A plant of the cabbage family with bright yellow, heavily scented flowers, especially a variety ( oilseed rape) grown for its oil-rich seed and as stockfeed. Also called cole, colza.
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- Genus Brassica, family Brassicaceae, in particular B. napus subsp. oleifera
- They were back in the country, surrounded by fields of bright yellow oilseed rape.
- Now the main income is generated by a simplified system of wheat, barley, oilseed rape and sugar beet.
- Problems facing farmers include the extra costs involved in drying wheat, barley and oilseed rape.
late Middle English (originally denoting the turnip plant): from Latin rapum, rapa 'turnip'.
- (In the UK) any of the six ancient divisions of Sussex.More example sentences
- Their equivalents in the Danelaw were wapen-takes, in Kent lathes, in Yorkshire ridings, and in Sussex rapes.
- These and the rapes of the south were a cluster of lands granted around a central castle, which the holder was expected to build and maintain.
- First, the county was, uniquely, divided into six rapes - strips centred on Chichester, Arundel, Bramber, Lewes, Pevensey, and Hastings.
Old English, variant of rope, with reference to the fencing-off of land.