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rigmarole a complicated, unnecessarily involved procedure or process. [2 definitions]
rigor strictness, severity, inflexibility, or harshness, as of manner, judgment, or law. [5 definitions]
rigor mortis the stiffening of the body muscles shortly after death.
rigorous showing strictness or sternness. [3 definitions]
Rig-Veda a collection of over one thousand Hindu hymns dating from the second century B.C.
rijsttafel an Indonesian meal in which a variety of fresh and cooked meats, seafood, vegetables, and condiments, each served in a separate dish, are added to a bed of rice.
rile to make angry; irritate or annoy. [2 definitions]
rill1 a small brook or creek.
rill2 any of numerous long narrow valleys or trenches on the moon's surface.
rillettes (used with a sing. or pl. verb) a meat or fish spread, esp. of pork, in which minced, seasoned bits are cooked, mashed, or shredded and then preserved in animal fat.
rim the outer edge or border of something, esp. something round or circular. [6 definitions]
rime1 variant of rhyme.
rime2 a white coating of tiny ice crystals; hoarfrost. [3 definitions]
rime riche rhyme using two or more words or syllables that are pronounced alike and often spelled alike, but are different in meaning, such as "route" and "root" or "description" and "prescription".
rimfire indicating a cartridge with the primer set in a rim around the base.
rimless combined form of rim.
rimrock rock that forms a natural rim around the edge of a rise, as above a steep precipice.
rind a thick, firm, sometimes tough outer layer or covering, such as the skin of citrus fruits or melons or the outside of cheese.
rinderpest an acute, often fatal viral disease affecting cattle, and often sheep and goats, characterized by diarrhea and ulceration of the intestines.
ring1 the outer boundary of a circle; circular line or shape. [14 definitions]
ring2 to give out a clear, resonant sound. [17 definitions]