rook

A rook is a crow-like black bird that lives in northern Europe. To rook someone is to trick them, like a sneaky old crow. And in chess, the rook is the piece that looks like a tower or a castle.

You can tell the difference between a rook and a crow, which are both members of the bird family Corvus, by the pale skin around a rook's bill in front of its eyes and the shaggy feathers around its legs. Urban rooks, like their crow cousins, prefer areas near human activity where they can scavenge food — although they also eat earthworms and insects. You're most likely to see rooks in northern Europe, Iceland, and parts of Scandinavia (or on a chess board :) .

Primary Meanings of rook

1.
n
common gregarious Old World bird about the size and color of the American crow
2.
v
deprive of by deceit
3.
n
(chess) the piece that can move any number of unoccupied squares in a direction parallel to the sides of the chessboard
Full Definitions of rook
1

n common gregarious Old World bird about the size and color of the American crow

Synonyms:
Corvus frugilegus
Type of:
corvine bird
birds of the crow family
2

v deprive of by deceit

Synonyms:
bunco, con, defraud, diddle, gip, goldbrick, gyp, hornswoggle, mulct, nobble, scam, short-change, swindle, victimize
Types:
short, short-change
cheat someone by not returning him enough money
Type of:
cheat, chisel, rip off
deprive somebody of something by deceit
3

n (chess) the piece that can move any number of unoccupied squares in a direction parallel to the sides of the chessboard

Synonyms:
castle
Type of:
chess piece, chessman
any of 16 white and 16 black pieces used in playing the game of chess

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