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Roberto Clemente U.S. professional baseball player, the first Hispanic American to be elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame; born Roberto Walker Clemente (b.1934--d.1972).
Roberto Suro an American journalist and professor who specializes in Hispanic issues and immigration policy. Suro is the former director of the Pew Hispanic Center (b.1951).
robin a large North American songbird related to the thrush, with an orange-red breast, dark brown head and back, and a bright yellow bill. [2 definitions]
Robin Hood in English legend, an outlaw of the twelfth century who became famous for robbing the rich to help the poor.
robin's-egg blue a pale greenish blue color.
Robinson Crusoe in an eighteenth-century novel by Daniel Defoe, the title character, who is shipwrecked and survives for many years on a tropical island.
roble a tall California white oak with leathery leaves and narrow, pointed acorns. [2 definitions]
robot a mechanical device, esp. one controlled electronically, that can perform physical tasks of a human being, often used in industrial assembly or the like. [2 definitions]
robot bomb a jet-propelled, winged bomb or missile guided by an automatic steering device and carrying a warhead; buzz bomb; cruise missile.
robotics (used with a sing. verb) the technology of designing and using robots for various, usu. industrial tasks.
rob roy (sometimes caps.) a cocktail composed of Scotch whisky, sweet vermouth, and bitters.
rob the cradle to choose as a companion or mate someone much younger than oneself.
robust physically strong, healthy, and energetic. [6 definitions]
roc in Arabian mythology, a huge and powerful bird.
rocambole a European onion that resembles a lily and bears a cluster of small bulbs used like garlic.
Roche limit the lowest altitude at which a natural satellite can form and orbit a planet or the like without being disturbed by gravitational forces.
Rochelle salt a colorless, saltlike, crystalline compound used in silvering mirrors, in making baking powders, as a laxative, and in electronics.
rochet a knee-length vestment, usu. of lace and linen, worn by bishops and certain other church officials in some ceremonies.
rock1 a large mass of hard mineral matter that lies under the earth's soil or forms a cliff, mountain, or the like. [4 definitions]
rock2 to sway strongly back and forth or from side to side. [9 definitions]
rockabilly rock-'n'-roll music combined with or influenced by country and western styles.