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  • n. Plural form of rook.
  • v. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of rook.


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  • Now, scientists report that some relatives of crows called rooks used the same stone-dropping strategy to get at a floating worm.

    Archive 2009-08-01

  • The feasting ground of the rooks is the next field, and here they come to eat their walnuts.

    Among the Trees at Elmridge

  • Year after year they held their parliaments and cawed and chattered and fussed; year after year they built their nests and hatched their eggs; year after year, I suppose, the old ones gradually died off and the young ones took their place, though, but for knowing this must be so, no one would have suspected it, for to all appearance the rooks were always the same – ever and always the same.

    The Cuckoo Clock

  • "The rooks are a very powerful tribe, and the magpies and cuckoos and blackbirds are liable to side with them, if they seem to be stronger than we are."

    Policeman Bluejay

  • All was as still in the Close as a cathedral-green can be between the Sunday services, and the incessant cawing of the rooks was the only sound.

    Life's Little Ironies

  • They are not yet ripe as a crop; the rooks are a good guide in that respect, and they have not yet set steadily to work upon this their favourite autumn food.

    Hodge and His Masters

  • 'Endeavour, Madam,' said he, 'to procure him knowledge; for really ignorance to a rich man is like fat to a sick sheep, it only serves to call the rooks about him.'

    Autobiography, Letters and Literary Remains of Mrs. Piozzi (Thrale) (2nd ed.) (2 vols.) Edited with notes and Introductory Account of her life and writings

  • The rook study, for example, dubbed the rooks’ behavior as both “insightful,” and “creative.”

    Invoking the Magic of the Mind - by Joe Kloc

  • Every bend of the avenue evokes some incident of childish life (in Ireland we call any road leading to a house an avenue, even if it is absolutely bare of trees; we also speak of rooks as crows, and these two provincialisms jarred on my ear after my long stay in Sussex).

    Spring Days

  • Gehazi "rooks" from Naaman; the bishops "prog and pander for fees," and are "the common stales to countenance every politic fetch that was then on foot."



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