American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A mythical bird of prey having enormous size and strength.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A fabulous bird of prey of monstrous size, famous in Arabian mythology, and corresponding to the Persian simurg. There is no certain basis of fact upon which the myth of the roc rests. The most colossal birds of which we have any knowledge are the dinornithic moas of New Zealand and the Madagascar æpyornithic elephant-birds. The largest known rapacious bird (the roc figures as a bird of prey) is the Harpagornis, which may have been able to kill a moa, though certainly not to fly away with one. The most plausible speculation bases the roc on the Æpyornis. See the quotation.
- n. A Middle English form of rock.
- n. An enormous mythical bird in Eastern legend.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A monstrous bird of Arabian mythology.
- n. mythical bird of prey having enormous size and strength
- From Spanish rocho, ruc, from Arabic رخّ (rukhkh), from Persian رخ (rukh). (Wiktionary)
- Arabic ruḫḫ. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“I remembered that I had often heard sailors speak of a wonderful bird called the roc, and saw that the great dome which I so much admired must be its egg.”
“I recollected that I had heard of a bird called the roc, so large that it could carry away young elephants, and I therefore conjectured that the large object I had been looking at was the egg of this bird.”
“I remembered a fowl, called roc, that I had often heard mariners speak of, and conceived that the great bowl, which I so much admired, must needs be its egg.”
“I remembered that I had often heard mariners speak of a miraculous bird called the roc, and conceived that the great dome which I so much admired must be its egg.”
“I remembered that I had often heard mariners speak of a miraculous bird called the roc,  and conceived that the great dome which I so much admired must be its egg.”
“I remembered that I had often heard mariners speak of a marvelous bird called the roc, and felt sure that the great dome by which I stood must be its egg.”
“Presently there will come to thee a bird called the roc [FN#44], that will catch thee up in its claws and fly away with thee and set thee down on”
“Dans cette disposition il semble que le mot 'roc' soit monté sur deux échasses. ”
“We must sew you in this skin," said they, "and then leave you; upon which a bird of monstrous size, called a roc, will appear in the air, and, taking you for a sheep, will pounce upon you, and soar with you to the sky.”
“We must sew you in this skin," said they, "and then leave you; upon which a bird of a monstrous size, called a roc, will appear in the air, and taking you for a sheep, will pounce upon you, and soar with you to the sky: but let not that alarm you; he will descend with you again, and lay you on the top of a mountain.”
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