Definition of rood:
The good town of Abingdon has a very celebrated hospital founded in 1446 by the Guild of the Holy Cross, a fraternity composed of " good men and true," wealthy merchants and others, which built the bridge, repaired roads, maintained a bridge priest and a rood priest, and held a great annual feast at which the brethren consumed as much as 6 calves, 16 lambs, 80 capons, 80 geese, and 800 eggs.- "Vanishing England", P. H. Ditchfield.
But there is something queerer still about the Micah Rood- or " Mike"- apples of Franklin, Connecticut, which are sweet, red of skin, snowy of pulp, and have a red spot, like a blood- drop, near the core; hence they are sometimes known as bloody- hearts.- "Tales Of Puritan Land Myths And Legends Of Our Own Land, Volume 4.", Charles M. Skinner.
Clear space spreads round it for a rood or more; 27 Where o'er the space the feathering branches bend, The dogs, wedg'd close, with jaws that drip with gore, Growl o'er the carcass of the wolf they rend.- "The Poetical Works of Sir Edward Bulwer Lytton, Bart. M.P.", Edward Bulwer Lytton.