1. (Arch.) Stonework in which the surface is left broken and rough.
2. (Gardening) A rockery.
1. Full of, or abounding in, rocks; consisting of rocks; as, a rocky mountain; a rocky shore.
2. Like a rock; as, the rocky orb of a shield. Milton.
3. Fig.: Not easily impressed or affected; hard; unfeeling; obdurate; as, a rocky bosom. Shak.
Rocky Mountain locust (Zoöl.), the Western locust, or grasshopper. See Grasshopper. - - Rocky
Mountain sheep. (Zoöl.) See Bighorn.
(Ro"coa) n. [Cf. F. rocou, roicou, Pg. & Braz, urucú.] The orange- colored pulp covering the
seeds of the tropical plant Bixa Orellana, from which annotto is prepared. See Annoto.
(Ro*co"co) n. [F.; of uncertain etymology.] A florid style of ornamentation which prevailed in
Europe in the latter part of the eighteenth century.
(Ro*co"co), a. Of or pertaining to the style called rococo; like rococo; florid; fantastic.
(Rod) n. [The same word as rood. See Rood.]
1. A straight and slender stick; a wand; hence, any slender bar, as of wood or metal Specifically: (a) An
instrument of punishment or correction; figuratively, chastisement.
He that spareth his rod hateth his son.Prov. xiii. 24.
(b) A kind of sceptor, or badge of office; hence, figuratively, power; authority; tyranny; oppression. "The
rod, and bird of peace." Shak. (c) A support for a fishing line; a fish pole. Gay. (d) (Mach. & Structure)
A member used in tension, as for sustaining a suspended weight, or in tension and compression, as for
transmitting reciprocating motion, etc.; a connecting bar. (e) An instrument for measuring.
2. A measure of length containing sixteen and a half feet; called also perch, and pole.
Black rod. See in the Vocabulary. Rods and cones (Anat.), the elongated cells or elements of
the sensory layer of the retina, some of which are cylindrical, others somewhat conical.
(Rod"dy) a. Full of rods or twigs.
(Rod"dy), a. Ruddy. [Obs.] Chaucer.
(Rode) n. [See Rud.] Redness; complexion. [Obs.] "His rode was red." Chaucer.
(Rode), imp. of Ride.
(Rode), n. See Rood, the cross. [Obs.] Chaucer.
(Ro"dent) a. [L. rodens, - entis, p. pr. of rodere to gnaw. See Rase, v. t., and cf. Rostrum.]
1. Gnawing; biting; corroding; (Med.) applied to a destructive variety of cancer or ulcer.
2. (Zoöl.) (a) Gnawing. (b) Of or pertaining to the Rodentia.
(Ro"dent), n. (Zoöl.) One of the Rodentia.