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race Tweet Definition of race Like Definition of race on Facebook
noun
  1. A large group of people distinguished from others on the basis of a common heritage.
The Anglo-Saxon
  1. A large group of people distinguished from others on the basis of common, genetically linked, physical characteristics, such as skin color or hair type.
Race was a significant issue during apartheid in South Africa.
  1. (context, controversial usage) One of the categories from the many subcategorizations of the human species. See Wikipedia's article on w:Race_(historical_definitions), historical definitions of race.
The Native Americans colonized the New World in several waves from Asia, and thus they are part of the same Mongoloid .
  1. (biology) A population geographically separated from others of its species that develops significantly different characteristics; informal for subspecies.
  2. A breed or strain of domesticated animal.
  3. (figurative) A category or species of something that has emerged or evolved from an older one (with an implied parallel to animal breeding or evolutionary science).
The advent of the Internet has brought about a new of entrepreneur.
Recent developments in artificial intelligence has brought about a new of robots that can perform household chores without supervision.
verb (rac, ing)
  1. (intransitive) To take part in a race (in the sense of a contest).
  2. (intransitive) To move or drive at high speed.
As soon as it was time to go home, he raced for the door.
Her heart was racing as she peered into the dimly lit room.
  1. (intransitive) Of a motor, to run rapidly when not engaged to a transmission.
radish Tweet Definition of radish Like Definition of radish on Facebook
noun
  1. A plant of the Brassicaceae family, Raphanus sativus, having an edible root
  2. The pungent root of this plant, usually eaten raw in salads etc
ragweed Tweet Definition of ragweed Like Definition of ragweed on Facebook
noun (Plural:ragweeds)
  1. A plant of the genus Ambrosia. These weeds are particularly noted for producing pollen which people with hay fever are allergic to.
ragwort Tweet Definition of ragwort Like Definition of ragwort on Facebook
noun
  1. (uncountable) A wild flowering plant of the Senecio genus with yellow flowers.
  2. (countable) A species or variety of this plant.
rambler Tweet Definition of rambler Like Definition of rambler on Facebook
noun
  1. A recreational walker
  2. One who rambles
rambutan Tweet Definition of rambutan Like Definition of rambutan on Facebook
noun
  1. A tree Nephelium lappaceum of southeast Asia.
  2. The fruit of this tree.
ramie Tweet Definition of ramie Like Definition of ramie on Facebook
noun
  1. a tall, tropical Asian perennial herb, Boehmeria nivea, cultivated for its fibrous stems
  2. the fibre extracted from this plant, resembling flax
rape Tweet Definition of rape Like Definition of rape on Facebook
noun
  1. (crime) The act of forcing sexual intercourse or other sexual activity upon another person, without their consent and/or against their will.
verb (rap, ing)
  1. To force sexual intercourse or other sexual activity upon another person, without their consent.
  2. To abuse an object in an extreme manner.
The loggers raped the virgin forest
  1. (slang) To dominate in a contest.
''My experienced opponent will me at chess.
rapeseed Tweet Definition of rapeseed Like Definition of rapeseed on Facebook
noun
  1. the rape plant, Brassica napus, which produces a grain that is used widely for animal feed and vegetable oil
  2. the seed of such plant
raspberry Tweet Definition of raspberry Like Definition of raspberry on Facebook
noun (raspberries)
  1. The plant Rubus idaeus.
  2. The juicy, dark red (when ripe) composite fruit of this plant.
  3. (colour) A dark pinkish red, the colour of a ripe raspberry.
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verb (raspberr, i, ed)
  1. (colloquial) Making the noise intended to imitate the passing of flatulence
adjective
  1. Containing or having the flavor/flavour of raspberries.
  2. (color) Of a dark pinkish red.
She wore a beret &mdash; lyrics of Raspberry Beret, by the musician w:Prince_(artist), Prince
rattan Tweet Definition of rattan Like Definition of rattan on Facebook
noun
  1. a climbing palm
red bay Tweet Definition of red bay Like Definition of red bay on Facebook
noun (plural: red bays)
  1. a small tree with red fruit and wood, used for ornamental purposes.
redbud Tweet Definition of redbud Like Definition of redbud on Facebook
noun
  1. any of several small trees, of the genus Cercis, having purple-pink flowers that appear before the leaves; the Judas tree
red cedar Tweet Definition of red cedar Like Definition of red cedar on Facebook
noun
  1. an evergreen tree of the juniper family having reddish wood and found in North America.
  2. an evergreen tree of the arbor vitae family with reddish wood, found in North America.
  3. an evergreen tree of the mahogany family with reddish wood, found in Australia.
  4. the wood of any of these trees.
red clover Tweet Definition of red clover Like Definition of red clover on Facebook
noun
  1. a clover with red flowers, found in Europe, Asia and North America.
red fescue Tweet Definition of red fescue Like Definition of red fescue on Facebook
noun
  1. a grass plant with green, red, or blue-green flowers, found in Europe, Asia and North America.
red gum Tweet Definition of red gum Like Definition of red gum on Facebook
noun
  1. an eucalyptus tree with red wood, found in Australia.
  2. a tree of the hazel family, found in North America.
red pepper Tweet Definition of red pepper Like Definition of red pepper on Facebook
noun (Plural:red peppers)
  1. A red colored, ripe, bell pepper, bell or sweet pepper. Unripe peppers of this variety are colored green and edible but not as sweet.
  2. Spicy peppers.
    Crushed flakes add zest to pizza.
redwood Tweet Definition of redwood Like Definition of redwood on Facebook
noun
  1. {countable and uncountable} the USDA-preferred term for the species Sequoia sempervirens.
  2. (countable) any of the evergreen conifers belonging to the genus Sequoia in the wide sense
  3. (uncountable) the wood of the species Sequoia sempervirens.
::This planter is made of redwood
  1. (uncountable) (British, obsolete) the wood of the species Pinus sylvestris.
adjective
  1. Pertaining to any of the evergreen conifers belonging to the genus Sequoia in the wide sense
A redwood grove
  1. Pertaining to the wood of the species Sequoia sempervirens.
This redwood deck will last forever
reed Tweet Definition of reed Like Definition of reed on Facebook
noun (countable and uncountable; plural: reeds)
  1. (countable) Any of various types of tall stiff perennial grass-like plants growing together in groups near water.
  2. (countable) The hollow stem of these plants.
  3. (countable) Part of the mouthpiece of certain woodwind instruments, comprising of a thin piece of wood or metal which shakes very quickly to produce sound when a musician blows over it.
  4. (countable) A musical instrument such as the clarinet or oboe, which produces sound when a musician blows on the reed.
  5. (uncountable) (as a material)
Rhea Tweet Definition of Rhea Like Definition of Rhea on Facebook
proper noun
  1. (greekmyth): A Titan, the daughter of Uranus and Gaia, the mother of Demeter, Hades, Hera, Hestia, Poseidon, and Zeus.
  2. (astronomy): One of the moons of Saturn.
rhododendron Tweet Definition of rhododendron Like Definition of rhododendron on Facebook
noun
  1. Any of various flowering shrubs in the genus Rhododendron.
rocambole Tweet Definition of rocambole Like Definition of rocambole on Facebook
noun
  1. a form of garlic; the sand leek
romaine Tweet Definition of romaine Like Definition of romaine on Facebook
noun
  1. Lactuca sativa longifolia, a type of lettuce having long crisp leaves forming a slender head. Also known as Romaine lettuce, Cos lettuce, or Cos, after the Greek island of Cos (Kos).
Rose Tweet Definition of Rose Like Definition of Rose on Facebook
proper noun
  1. (given name, female), vernacular form of the medieval Rosa, reinforced by the English noun rose
  2. A diminutive of the given name Rosemary
rosebud Tweet Definition of rosebud Like Definition of rosebud on Facebook
noun
  1. The bud of a rose.
  2. A pretty young woman.
  3. (Cockney) a mouth
  4. (vulgar, slang) an anus
rosebush Tweet Definition of rosebush Like Definition of rosebush on Facebook
noun (Plural:rosebushes)
  1. The shrub that roses grow on, a rose plant.
Rosemary Tweet Definition of Rosemary Like Definition of Rosemary on Facebook
proper noun
  1. (given name, female)
rosewood Tweet Definition of rosewood Like Definition of rosewood on Facebook
noun
  1. The fragrant wood of Dalbergia nigra, a Brazilian tree in the legume family. This has a sweet smell.
  2. Any of several dozen woods, resembling that of Dalbergia nigra in some respect
  3. The wood of a South American tree, Aniba rosaeodora, in the laurel family, with fragrant wood from which an essential oil is distilled.
rowan Tweet Definition of rowan Like Definition of rowan on Facebook
noun (plural:rowans)
  1. Any of various small deciduous trees or shrubs of genus Sorbus, belonging to the rose family, with pinnate leaves, corymbs of white flowers, and usually with orange-red berries.
Rush Tweet Definition of Rush Like Definition of Rush on Facebook
proper noun
  1. An English occupational surname for someone who made things from rushes.
russet Tweet Definition of russet Like Definition of russet on Facebook
noun
  1. A coarse, reddish-brown, homespun fabric.
  2. Country dress; homespun cloth.
  3. A reddish-brown color.
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    1. A reddish-brown pigment prepared from madder root (Rubia tinctoria); "a true middle hue between orange and purple."
    (From 1880s British/American dictionary.)
    1. Variety of apple of russet-colored, rough skin.
    2. Variety of potato with dark gray-brown, rough skin.
adjective
  1. Having a reddish-brown color.
  2. Gray or ash-colored (antiquated usage).
"Russet-pated" (gray hair). Shakespeare, Midsummer Night's Dream, iii. 2.
  1. Rustic, homespun, coarse, plain.
Shakespeare, Loves Labour's Lost, V. 2
  1. "Condition of leather when it is finished, excepting the operations of coloring and polishing the surface." (From 1880s British/American dictionary.)
rutabaga Tweet Definition of rutabaga Like Definition of rutabaga on Facebook
noun
  1. (North America) the swede, or Swedish turnip; the European plant Brassica napus
  2. (North America) the edible root of this plant
rye Tweet Definition of rye Like Definition of rye on Facebook
noun
  1. A grass, Secale cereale, or its grains used for food and fodder. Scientific name: Secale cereale.
  2. Rye whisky.
  3. Rye bread.

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