from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Peace; quietness.
  • n. Rest; stillness.
  • n. Short form of kangaroo.
  • abbr. Quintana Roo, a state of Mexico.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Peace; quietness.
  • n. A Middle English form of roe.
  • n. rota, a wheel: see rota.] A wheel.


From Middle English roo, ro, from Old English , rōw ("quietness, quiet, rest"), from Proto-Germanic *rōwō (“quiet, rest”), from Proto-Indo-European *ere(w)-, *rē(w)- (“quiet”). Cognate with Scots ro, ruve ("peace, repose"), German Ruhe ("rest, peace, tranquility"), Danish and Swedish ro ("rest, peace, tranquility"), Icelandic  ("calm, quietness"). (Wiktionary)
From kangaroo. (Wiktionary)


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