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raad                          electric catfish

rabanna                       raffia fabric of Madagascar

rabbet                        groove cut to receive an edge

rabble                        device for stirring molten iron in a furnace

rabelaisian                   coarsely hilarious

rabiator                      A violent, noisy, greedy person

rabic                         of, like or pertaining to rabies

rabulistic                    characterized by railing or pettifoggery

racemation                    cluster or bundle of grapes or any other thing

raceme                        central stem with flowers on small stalks

racemiferous                  bearing clusters or bunches

rach                          dog that hunts by scent

rachidian                     of or concerning the spine

rachiometer                   instrument for measuring the spine

rachis                        spine or axis of a feather; the spinal cord

rachitogenic                  causing rickets

raciology                     study of racial differences

rackensack                    a native of Arkansas

rackrent                      excessive rent

rack-rent                     a rent equal or nearly equal to the full annual value of the property; an excessive or unreasonably high rent

racloir                       scraper used by early hominids

raconteur                     one skilled in telling stories or anecdotes

radappertization              treatment of food with ionizing radiation to kill bacteria

radarscope                    instrument for detecting radar signals

raddle                        flexible rod used to make hurdles or fences; red ochre used to make marks

raddled                       confused, befuddled, worn

radicated                     rooted; established

radiciform                    like a root

radicivorous                  eating roots

radicle                       rootlike organ or part

radicolous                    living on roots

radiesthesia                  sensitivity to radiation from any source

radiogenic                    produced by radioactive disintegration

radiogoniometer               instrument for finding direction through radio signals

radiology                     study of X-rays and their medical applications

radiometeorograph             instrument for measuring atmospheric conditions at high altitude

radiometer                    instrument measuring radiation energy

radiophobia                   the fear of radiation

radioscope                    instrument for viewing objects using X-rays

radiosonde                    radio transmitter in balloon used to gather weather data

radix                         root; root-number or numerical base; root word or stem

radular                       coarse; scraping; raspy

raduliform                    like a rasp or file

rafale                        burst of artillery in quick rounds

raffish                       disreputable; vulgar

ragabash                      an idle worthless fellow; a ragamuffin; collectively, rabble, riff-raff

raglan                        having sleeves going all the way to the neck

ragmatical                    wild; ill-behaved

raguly                        in heraldry, having short alternating projections and depressions

railophone                    telephone installed in a train

raisonneur                    person in a play or book embodying author's viewpoint

raith                         a quarter of a year

rake                          the inclination of a mast or another part of a ship

ramage                        boughs of a tree

ramageous                     wild, untamed

ramate                        branched

rameal                        of, like or pertaining to branches

ramellose                     having small branches

ramentum                      chaffy scale on plants

ramfeezled                    exhausted, worn out

ramie                         strong lustrous fabric resembling linen or silk

ramiferous                    bearing branches

ramiform                      branching; shaped like branches

rampallion                    good-for-nothing scoundrel; wretch; villain

rampant                       heraldic animal portrayed on its hind legs

rampasture                    a room in which several unmarried men reside, usually in a boarding house or inn

rampick                       dead tree or tree decayed at top

ramsquaddle                   to beat, thrash

ramsquaddled                  unkempt and in disarray; drunk

ramuliferous                  bearing small branches

ramulus                       small branch

ramus                         branch of anything

ranarian                      froggy; frog-like

ranarium                      place where frogs are kept

rancelman                     local constable or law officer in Orkney and Shetland

rancescent                    becoming rancid

rand                          border; edge; margin

randan                                uproar; din; riotous conduct

randem                        with three horses in single file

rangiferine                   of, like or pertaining to or like reindeer

raniform                      frog-like; frog-shaped

ranine                        of, like or pertaining to or like frogs

ranivorous                    frog-eating

rannygazoo                    a prank, trick; horseplay

rantipole                     a wild, reckless person; characterized by a wild, unruly manner

rantize                       to sprinkle with water during baptism

ranunculaceous                of, like or pertaining to buttercups

raploch                       coarse undyed woollen cloth

rapparee                      an Irish irregular soldier or bandi; vagabond, plunderer

rappel                        call to arms by the beating of a drum

rapprochement                 establishment of or state of cordial relations

raptorial                     predacious; of, like or pertaining to a bird of prey

raptus                        trance; rapture; seizure

raree-show                    peep show; street show

rarissima                     extremely rare books

ras                           headland

rasceta                       the creases on the inside of the wrist

raschel                       light loosely kitted cloth

rasophore                     lowest rank of Greek Orthodox monk

rasorial                      scratching the ground in search of food

rastaquouere                  a social climber who tries too hard to be in fashion

raster                        pattern of parallel lines or grid used in certain scanning devices

rasure                        act of scraping; erasure; obliteration

rataplan                      the iterative sound of beating or drumming

ratemeter                     instrument for measuring counting rate of electronic counters

rath                          prehistoric hill fort

rathe                         1. appearing or ripening early in the year

rathe                         2. quick; early; eager

ratheripe                     early ripe

rathskeller                   a tavern or restaurant that's below street level

raticide                      substance or person who kills rats

ratihabition                  ratification

ratiné                        rough bulky plain-woven fabric

ratiocinate                   to reason or argue logically

ratiocination                 the process of exact thinking; reasoning; a reasoned train of thought

rationalism                   belief that reason is the fundamental source of knowledge

ratite                        of, like or pertaining to flightless birds

ratline                       small rope forming a rung of a rope ladder on a ship

ratten                        to practise sabotage against

ravanastron                   ancient Hindu stringed instrument played with a bow

ravelin                       a projecting out-work in a fortification, having two embankments forming a salient angle; half-moon

rawky                         foggy, damp and cold

razbliuto                     a feeling a person has for someone he or she once loved but no longer feels the same way about

razoo                         1. an imaginary coin of trivial value, a farthing

razoo                         2. ridicule; the arousing of indignation, provocation; a sound of contempt, a 'raspberry'

realism                       doctrine that objects of cognition are real

reast                         become rancid

reasty                        something which is covered in rust or has a rusty taste to it

rebarbative                   repellent, irritating, crabbed

rebatement                    abatement; reduction; discount

rebec                         medieval musical instrument like a mandolin or viol

reboant                       marked by reverberation; resounding

rebozo                        a long scarf worn chiefly by Mexican women

rebullition                   act of boiling up or effervescing

rebus                         picture puzzle representing a word

recadency                     relapsing; falling back

recalesce                     to display again a state of glowing heat

recaption                     reprisal; taking back that which is unlawfully obtained

recense                       to revise critically

recension                     an editorial revision of a literary work

recept                        idea or imaged formed by repeated similar perceptions

receptacular                  serving as a receptacle

réchauffé                     something that is rehashed; a warmed-over dish of food

recherché                     carefully chosen, rare or exotic

recherché                     exquisite, choice; exotic, rare; excessively refined, affected; overblown, pretentious

recidivism                    habit of relapsing into crime

recidivist                    one who continually commits crime and seems incurable of criminal tendencies

recipiangle                   old instrument with two arms used for measuring angles

reciprocornous                having horns that turn backward and then forward

recision                      cutting back; rescinding

récit                         solo part for voice or instrument; narrative tale

reck                          worry, care

reckling                      a weak child or animal; the runt of the litter

réclame                       art or practice by which publicity or notoriety is secured

reclinate                     bent down or back

recoct                        to cook again; to concoct; to improvise

recondite                     concealed; deep; having to do with something obscure

recreancy                     mean-spiritedness; apostasy; treachery

recreant                      coward; apostate, deserter; craven; false; apostate

recremen                      the superfluous or useless portion of any substance; refuse, dross, scum, off-scouring

recrement                     waste; dross; secretion that is reabsorbed; excess matter

recrementitious               pertaining to recrement

recriminate                   to charge one's accuser

recrudescence                 the reappearance of a disease or illness after being cured

rectalgia                     a pain in the rectum, cf. proctalgia

rectigrade                    moving in a straight line

rectiphobia                   a fear of being corrected

rectirostal                   describing a bird (or other animal) with a straight beak

rectirostral                  having a straight beak

rectiserial                   in vertical ranks

rectitudinous                 manifesting overly obvious moral correctness

recto                         the front side of a printed sheet; the right-hand page of an open book

rectopathic                   easily hurt emotionally; thin-skinned

rectrix                       quill feathers of a bird's tail

recumbent                     reclining; lying comfortably

recumbentibus                 a knockout punch, either verbal or physical

recure                        to cure; to heal; to bring back to health

recusant                      one who refuses to attend Catholic church services; nonconformist

recuse                        to excuse a judge from their duties

redact                        to edit; work into shape; to frame

redaction                     an act of redacting (to put in writing); an edit; redacted material

redactophobia                 the fear of editing or of editors

redan                         field fortification with two parapets meeting at an angle

redargue                      to refute; to confute

reddendum                     reserving clause in a lease

rede                          to counsel or advise

redeless                      without counsel or advice; foolish, heedless; resourceless, perplexed, confused

redhibition                   the cancellation of a sale due to the product being defective

redintegrate                  to make whole again; to restore

redivivus                     resuscitated; come to life again; reborn

redolent                      fragrant; smelling of; suggestive of

redoubt                       rough and temporary fortification

redoubtable                   formidable; valiant

redound                       recoil back on; make contribution for own benefit

redshort                      brittle at red-heat

redubber                      a person who steals cloths and resells them

reductionism                  belief that complex phenomena are reducible to simple ones

reduit                        inner fortified retreat for a garrison

reef                          to reduce area of a sail by rolling or folding part of it

reel                          lively dance of the Scottish Highlands

reest                         to smoke or cure either meat or fish

reeve                         to pass a rope through a ring

refactory                     a place for remaking or restoring an object through reanalysis of its structure without changing its behavior

refection                     refreshment of the mind or spirit; nourishment; the taking of food and drink; repast

refectory                     a communal dining hall (as in a monastery or college)

refel                         to refute; to disprove; to confute

reflation                     increase in amount of economic activity and spending

reflectometer                 instrument for measuring reflectance of radiant energy

reflet                        iridescent or metallic lustre

reflexology                   study of reflexes

refluctuation                 a flowing back; reflux

refluent                      flowing back; ebbing; tidal

reflux                        an ebb; boiling using a condenser to avoid liquid loss

refocillate                   to refresh; to cherish

refractometer                 instrument measuring refraction of light

refractory                    1. resistant to control or authority; stubborn, unmanageable

refractory                    2. resistent to treatment; unresponsive; immune

refractory                    3. capable of enduring high temperature

refragable                    that which may be refuted or gainsaid

refrangible                   capable of being refracted

refringency                   refractivity

refugium                      area that has retained earlier geographic conditions

refulgent                     casting a flood of light; radiant; beaming

regal                         a small portable organ

regalism                      doctrine of the monarch's supremacy in church affairs

regardant                     in profile and looking to the rear

regargletate                  to spew forth the same old arguments

regelation                    freezing together again

reginal                       of, like or pertaining to a queen

regiphobia                    the fear of a king or kings

régisseur                     stage manager; director; manager

regius                        royal

reglementation                regulation

reglet                        strip for spacing between lines in printing

regnal                        of a reign

regolith                      the unconsolidated solid material covering the bedrock of a planet

regorge                       to disgorge; to regurgitate

regrate                       to buy and sell again in or near the same market

regrede                       to retrograde

regreet                       to exchange greetings

reguerdon                     to reward

regula                        rule of a religious order

regulus                       impure metal; intermediate product in ore smelting

rehibition                    the act of taking back defective products

reify                         to regard (something abstract) as a material thing

reinfund                      to flow in again

rejectamenta                  refuse; excrement

rejoinder                     sharp and clever answer

relâche                       relaxation; rest; no performance

relative                      indicating relation or a prepositional object

relexification                replacing a word (or phrase) in one language with a word (or phrase) from another language that corresponds to it

relict                        1. widow

relict                        2. a persistent remnant of an otherwise extinct organism

relict                        3. something left unchanged

reliction                     recession of sea leaving bare land

religate                      to tie together; to restrain

reliquary                     a small box or shrine used to hold relics

reliquiae                     remains

relucent                      reflecting; shining

reluct                        1. to make a determined resistance; struggle

reluct                        2. to feel or show repugnance or reluctance; revolt

reluctate                     to offer resistance; to strive or struggle against something; to show reluctance

relume                        to light or light up again; rekindle

remanent                      a remainder; a remnant

remanet                       postponed case or parliamentary bill

remeant                       returning; coming back

remex                         quill feather of a bird's wing

remiform                      oar-shaped

remigate                      to row

remiped                       having legs or arms which act like oars - especially referring to insects

remittitur                    act of sending case from appellate court back to trial court

remonstrate                   to protest; to expostulate

remontado                     a person who lives in the forest or mountains and avoid civilization

remontant                     flowering more than once per season

remora                        delay; obstacle

remplissage                   the padding of literary works or of musical works

remuant                       restless; fidgety

remueur                       person who turns the bottles in wine-making

renable                       fluent, eloquent

renal                         of, like or pertaining to the kidneys

renascent                     coming into renewed life or vitality

renascible                    capable of being reproduced; able to spring again into being

rencounter                    chance meeting; encounter; casual combat

renegacy                      the action of renouncing; renegation

renidification                the action of building a nest a second time

renidify                      to make another nest

reniform                      shaped like a kidney

renitent                      resisting physical pressure; resisting constraint or compulsion; recalcitrant

renverse                      to reverse; to upset

rep                           plain-woven fabric with crosswise ribs

repetend                      figures, words, notes or numbers that are repeated

repine                        to feel or express discontent or dejection

replevin                      repossession of stolen goods pending outcome of lawsuit

repository                    side altar in Catholic church

repoussé                      raised in relief by hammering from behind or within

reprehend                     to rebuke

representamen                 the product of representation

representationalism           doctrine that ideas rather than external objects are basis of knowledge

reprobate                     reprehensible or immoral person

reprography                   reproduction of graphic or typeset material

reptant                       creeping; crawling

reptation                     act of squirming along a smooth-walled narrow passage

repugn                        to fight against; to oppose

repunit                       number consisting of two or more identical integers

requiem                       lament or mass for the dead

requiescat                    prayer for the dead

requital                      act of payment in return; repayment; vengeance

rere-dorter                   a privy situated at the rear of the dormitory in a convent or monastery

reredos                       a usually ornamental wood/stone screen or wall behind an altar

reremouse                     bat

rescript                      answer of pope or emperor to any legal question; edict or decree

réseau                        network of lines used in star photographs

resection                     cutting away a part of; especially the end

resiant                       resident

resile                        to recoil; to rebound; to draw back from a position

resiniferous                  bearing resin

resipiscence                  repentance for misconduct; return to a sane, sound, or correct view or position

resipiscent                   to learn from experience or have one's sanity restored

resistentialism               humorous theory that inanimate objects display malice towards humans

resofincular                  resembling a wire hanger

resorb                        to absorb again; reabsorb; to dissolve and assimilate

respirometer                  instrument for measuring and studying respiration

respondentia                  loan on ship's cargo payable on safe arrival

responsory                    set of responses sung or said after liturgical reading

restiform                     shaped like a cord

resupine                      lying on the back

ret                           to expose to moisture; to soak; to soften by soaking

retable                       shelf or ornamental setting for panels behind an altar

retardataire                  behind the times (usually refers to artistic styles)

rete                          network or net; stylized star-map of an astrolabe

retection                     the act of disclosing or uncovering something concealed

retiarius                     a Roman gladiator armed with a net for entangling his adversary (and a trident for dispatching him)

retiary                       of nets; using nets as a weapon; catching insects in webs

reticella                     old Venetian lace-like fabric

reticello                     glass formed with decorative network of fine glass threads

reticle                       set of intersecting wires used to facilitate accurate observations

reticular                     of, like or pertaining to nets; intricate

reticulate                    divide or be divided into a network

reticule                      small woven lady's handbag

reticulem                     the second of the four stomachs of a ruminant

reticulose                    of the nature of a network

retiform                      shaped like a net

retinaculum                   connecting band; means of retention

retinise                      to read mechanically by sight alone

retinoid                      like resin

retinoscope                   instrument for measuring and viewing the retina

retiracy                      retirement, seclusion; sufficient means or property to make possible retirement

retorse                       bent backwards

retrad                        backwards

retrahent                     drawing back

retral                        at or toward the rear

retree                        slightly damaged paper

retrenchment                  cutting down on; reduction in amount of

retrocede                     to move back; to cede back; to grant back

retrochoir                    space in choir behind high altar

retrocognition                extrasensory knowledge of past events

retrogenesis                  the loss of mental abilities in old age in the opposite order in which they are gained in childhood, esp. as exhibited by Alzheimer's patients

retrograde                    moving or directed backwards; degenerating; inverse

retrogress                    backward movement; degeneration

retroition                    re-entrance or the act of returning; to return to a party after all the goodbyes to retrieve something you forgot or left behind

retroitive                    directed backwards

retroject                     to throw backwards

retromancy                    fortunetelling by looking over one's shoulder

retromingent                  passing urine in a backward direction

retromorphosis                change for the worse

retronym                      a term consisting of a noun and a modifier that specifies the original meaning of the noun eg "film camera" 

retrophilia                   love of things of the past

retropulsion                  pushing backwards

retrorse                      turned back or downward

retroussé                     turned up; especially of the nose

retrovert                     to turn back

revalescent                   convalescent

revalorize                    to give new value to; to restore value of currency

revanche                      a usually political policy designed to recover lost territory or status

revanchist                    one who advocates a policy of revanche

revehent                      carrying back

revenant                      one that returns after death or a long absence

revendicate                   to make formal claim to; to try to retrieve lost goods

revers                        any part of a garment which is turned back

revest                        reinstate; reinvest

revet                         to face with masonry

revetment                     retaining wall

revie                         to stake more than an opponent has proposed on

revirescent                   growing young or strong again; reviving

revolute                      rolled back at the edges

rhabdoid                      rodlike

rhabdology                    knowledge or learning concerning divining rods

rhabdomancy                   fortune telling using a stick or rod, such as dowsing for water

rhabdomantist                 one who practices divination by means of a rod to locate underground water; a dowser

rhabdophobia                  the fear of magic; the fear of sticks or rods, or of being beaten with them

rhabdos                       magic wand

rhadamanthine                 being completely fair and incorruptible; like a stern judge

rhaebosis                     curvature; bandiness

rhagades                      small fissures or chaps on the skin

rhamphoid                     hooked beak shaped

rhapsodomancy                 fortunetelling by opening works of poetry at random

rhathymia                     personality factor leading to optimism and cheerfulness

rheid                         substance that flows viscously when below its melting point

rhema                         word; verb

rhematic                      of words or verbs; forming a word or words

rheme                         speech element that expresses an idea

rheology                      science of the deformation or flow of matter

rheometer                     instrument that measures current

rheophile                     living or thriving in running water

rheostat                      instrument for measuring electric resistance

rheotaxis                     direction of movement by water

rheotropism                   change in orientation or location of an organism due to running water

rhetoricaster                 petty rhetorician

rhetorication                 the action of speaking or writing rhetorically; a piece of rhetoric, a rhetorical flourish

rheum                         watery discharge from eyes and nose

rheumatology                  study of rheumatism

rhexis                        rupture of a blood-vessel

rhigosis                      sensation of cold; ability to feel cold

rhinal                        of, like or pertaining to the nose

rhinarium                     the hairless and moist nose of many mammals

rhinocerial                   very heavy; of or like a rhinoceros

rhinocerotic                  of, like or pertaining to the rhinoceros

rhinogenous                   deriving from the nose

rhinology                     study of the nose

rhinophonia                   an extreme nasal sound in one's voice

rhinoscope                    instrument for examining the nose

rhinotillexomania             compulsive nose picking

rhipidate                     fan-shaped

rhizic                        of the root of an equation

rhizogenic                    producing or growing roots

rhizoid                       root-like

rhizome                       root-like stalk or stem of a plant

rhizophagous                  root-eating

rhizophilous                  growing or thriving on or near roots

rhochrematics                 science of inventory management and the movement of products

rhodopsin                     visual purple

rhombicosidodecahedron        an Archimedean solid composed of sixty two faces

rhomboid                      shaped like a parallelogram

rhombos                       bull-roarer

rhonchial                     of, like or pertaining to snoring

rhonchisonant                 making a snorting or snoring noise

rhonchus                      a whistling or snoring sound heard when the air channels are partially obstructed

rhopalic                      having each word one syllable longer than that before

rhopography                   painting in still life

rhotacism                     excessive or incorrect pronunciation of the letter "r"

rhumb                         compass point

rhynchodont                   having a toothed beak

rhyparographer                an artist whose subject matter is of sorrowful or unpleasant topics

rhyparography                 genre or still-life pictures of sordid subjects

rhypophagy                    eating filth

rhysimeter                    instrument for measuring speed of current or watercraft

rhythmometer                  instrument for measuring speed of rhythms

rhytidectomy                  wrinkle-removing operation

rhytiscopia                   an obsession with, or fear of, one's facial wrinkles

rhyton                        drinking cup with hole in the point to drink by

ria                           normal drowned valley; long wide creek

riant                         laughing; merry; smiling

ribazuba                      walrus ivory

ribibe                        an old crone, past the age of sexual attractiveness

ricercar                      any of various contrapuntal instrumental forms esp of the 16th and 17th centuries

rictal                        of the gape; of the corner of the mouth

rictus                        gaping mouth; orifice

rideau                        ridge or mound of earth used for defense

ridel                         altar curtain

rident                        laughing or smiling radiantly; beaming

ridgeling                     half-castrated animal

ridibund                      easily moved to laughter

ridotto                       social gathering with music and dancing

riem                          rawhide thong

rifacimento                   recasting of a literary or musical work

riffler                       small file with curved ends used in woodworking

rigadoon                      lively Baroque period dance

rigescent                     becoming numb or stiff

rigidulous                    somewhat stiff

rillet                        small brook or stream

rillmark                      marking produced by water running down a bank or beach

rima                          narrow fissure

rimbombo                      a booming roar

rimiform                      having a long furrow

rimose                        full of chinks; covered with cracks

rimple                        to wrinkle

rindle                        small watercourse

ringent                       gaping

rinkafadda                    an Irish dance resembling the Virginia reel

rinkomania                    obsession with skating

riometer                      instrument for measuring absorbed cosmic radio waves

riparian                      relating to or living or located on the bank of a stream or river

ripienist                     supplementary instrumentalist

ripieno                       supplementary or reinforcing music

ripple                        toothed tool for removing seeds from flax or hemp

risible                       capable of or disposed to laughing; provoking laughter; funny; associated with laughter

risorgimento                  a time of renewal or renaissance; revival; rebirth

risorial                      of, like or pertaining to or causing laughter

risus                         a laugh; a grin

ritornel                      short instrumental prelude or interlude in opera

rittmaster                    captain of a troop of horse

rivage                        shore; bank

rivel                         to shrivel; to shrink

rivulation                    irregular marks of colour

rivulose                      marked with winding and haphazard lines

rixation                      quarreling, brawling

rixatrix                      a nasty old women, usually with a tendency to natter and scold

riziform                      shaped like a grain of rice

roach                         curved cut in edge of sail for preventing chafing

roadster                      light carriage

roband                        piece of yarn used to fasten a sail to a spar

robinet                       ancient light cannon

roborant                      1. healthful; restoring vigor or strength

roborant                      2. strengthening drug or tonic

roborate                      to strengthen; to corroborate

roborean                      strong; like an oak

robur                         hard-wooded oak

roc                           enormous legendary Arabian bird

rocaille                      artificial rockwork or similar ornament

rocambolesque                 incredible, fantastic

roche                         rock or cliff; a rocky height

rochet                        surplice-like vestment of a bishop or abbot

rockaway                      light four-wheeled carriage with fixed top and open sides

rodenticide                   killing of rodents

rodomontade                   a bragging speech; vain boasting or bluster; rant

roentgen                      unit of x-radiation or gamma radiation

rogation                      asking or supplication, especially in an ecclesiastical sense

rogatory                      asking for the intervention of a foreign court in examining a witness

roil                          to make muddy by stirring or to disturb sediment

roky                          misty; foggy; cloudy

rollick                       exuberant jollity; to frolic gaily

rolly                         truck; trolley

rom                           a gypsy man

romage                        tumult

romal                         handkerchief or headcloth; silk or cotton fabric

roman-fleuve                  a novel in the form of a long chronicle of a social group (as a family or a community) often in many volumes

rondeau                       poem of thirteen lines

rondure                       gracefully rounded curvature

ronyon                        a mangy or scabby creature

rood                          1. cross or crucifix at entrance to church chancel

rood                          2. old unit of land area equal to 1/4 acre

roodge                        to push or lift with effort

rookery                       state of confusion

roorback                      an ugly rumor of fabricated news story created to discredit a political opponent

roric                         dewy

roriferous                    producing or bearing dew

rorifluent                    flowing with dew

rorulent                      dew-covered

rosacea                       a condition in which a person has a large red nose

rosarian                      rose-fancier

rosarium                      rose garden

roscian                       famous or eminent in regards to acting

roscid                        dewy

roseaceous                    of the rose family; roselike

roseate                       resembling a rose; overly optimistic

rosette                       knot or radiating loops of ribbon concentrically arranged

rosin                         resin applied to bows for stringed instruments

rosmarine                     mythical walrus-like sea animal that feeds on dew

rosorial                      rodentine

rostel                        small beak or similar outgrowth

rostelliform                  shaped like a small beak

rostrum                       platform for public speaking; conductor's dais; spike on prow of warship for ramming

rota                          roster

rotameter                     1. instrument consisting of glass tube with free float for measuring liquid flow

rotameter                     2. old instrument for measuring length of curved lines

rote                          the sound of the surf crashing on the shore

rotifer                       minute multicellular aquatic organism of the phylum Rotifera, having at the anterior end a wheellike ring of cilia.

rotiferous                    bearing rotifers

rotocracy                     government by those who control rotten boroughs

rotograph                     photograph made by laying negative on sensitive paper

rotula                        kneecap

rotundate                     rounded off; orbicular

roturier                      plebeian

roué                          man devoted to life of pleasure; rake

roulade                       melodic embellishment sung to one syllable

rouleau                       a cylinder of coins rolled in paper

rounce                        handle for moving carriage on hand printing press

rounceval                     a large, boisterous woman; a mannish woman; a lesbian

round                         dance in a ring

roundel                       anything circular; circle; disc; ring-dance

roundelay                     song with a refrain

roup                          poultry disease

roussette                     fruit-bat

rowdy-dow                     to be noisy or boisterous

rowel                         a revolving disk with sharp marginal points at the end of a spur

rowen                         second mowing of grass in the same season; aftermath

rowlock                       contrivance serving as a fulcrum for an oar

royal                         small sail on royal mast just above topgallant sail

roynish                       mangy, scabby; coarse, mean, base

rubedinous                    reddish colored

rubefaction                   reddening

rubefy                        to redden

rubescent                     growing red; blushing

rubican                       of a horse, black or red with flecks of white

rubicund                      inclining to redness; ruddy; red

rubiginous                    rusty-coloured

rubious                       ruby red; rusty

rubor                         redness of body part due to excess blood

rubricality                   ceremony

rubricate                     to mark in red; to fix like a ritual

ruche                         frill of lace or other material

ructation                     belching or burping

ruction                       a noisy fight; disturbance, uproar

rudas                         a hideous, vile and loathsome old woman

ruderal                       growing in wasteland or among rubbish

rudery                        rudeness; a rude remark, comment, practical joke, etc.

rudesby                       an uncivil, turbulent fellow

ruelle                        space between bed and wall

rufescent                     inclining to redness

rufous                        reddish or brownish-red

rugate                        wrinkled

rugine                        surgeon's scraping instrument

rugous                        wrinkled; covered with sunken lines

rugulous                      having small wrinkles

ruiniform                     having the form or appearance of ruins

rulley                        flat four-wheeled wagon for carrying goods

rullion                       a rawhide shoe

ruly                          obedient, orderly   a ruly crowd

rumbelow                      a song or refrain sung by sailors while rowing a boat

rumble-bumble                 a miscellaneous mass or mixture; jumble, hodgepodge

rumbustious                   boisterous or unruly

rumchunder                    fine silk

rumen                         the first of the four stomachs of a ruminant (see abomasums)

ruminant                      a mammal which chews the cud

rumfustian                    hot alcoholic drink made from rum and various spices

rummer                        large drinking-glass

rumpy-pumpy                   humorous  sexual activity

runagate                      fugitive, runaway; vagabond

runcation                     the act of weeding

runcible                      a sharp-edged with three broad curved prongs

runcinate                     having irregular saw-toothed divisions

rundale                       system of holding land in single detached pieces

rundle                        rung of a ladder

rundlet                       old liquid measure equal to about 15 gallons

runnel                        little brook

runology                      study of runes

rupellary                     rocky

rupestrian                    composed of rock; inscribed on rock

rupicaprine                   of, like or pertaining to chamoises

rupicoline                    living among or growing on rocks

rupicolous                    living among, inhabiting, or growing on rocks

rupophobia                    the fear of dirt

ruptile                       easily breakable

ruridecanal                   concerning a rural dean and his jurisdiction

rurigenous                    living or born in the country

rushlight                     a type of candle dipped in grease

russel                        ribbed cotton and wool

russet                        coarse homespun cloth; reddish brown

Russophile                    one who admires Russia or the Russians

Russophobia                   the fear of Russia or Russians

rusticate                     to send into the country; to banish to rural areas; to retire into the country

rustication                   taking a trip to the countryside

rusticity                     rustic manner; simplicity; rudeness

ruth                          pity; remorse; sorrow

rutherford                    unit of radioactive decay equal to 1 million disintegrations per second

ruthful                       full of sorrow; woeful; full of ruth; pitiful

rutidosis                     wrinkling

rutilant                      shining; having a reddish glow

ruvid                         rough; tough; barbaric

rya                           colourful Scandinavian knotted-pile rug





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