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Rok(e, Roik, Rouk, n.2 Also: rock(e; royk; rouck. [ME and e.m.E. roke (c1250), appar. f. an ON *rauk, superseded by the umlaut-affected form reykr Rek(e n.1, whence also Sw. rök, Dan. rög (Dan. dial. roek). Cf. also Icel. roka driving spray or snow.] a. Thick mist lying close to the surface of the land or sea; fog; drizzling rain. b. A cloud.a. 1501 Doug. Pal. Hon. 157.
This wildernes … Was dark as rock, the quhilk the sey vpcast
1587-99 Hume 27/61.
The mystie rocke, the clouds of raine, From tops of mountaines skails
(b) 1513 Doug. iii iii 95.
The rayn and royk reft from ws sycht of hevin
Ib. xii x 95.
Dyrk as ony roik, That to the ruffis toppys went the smoik
1535 Stewart 15232.
Winter come to hand, … With wynd and weit, and mony schouris snell, With mist and roik, and als with mekle rane
Ib. 46112.(c) a1500 K. Hart 10.
For wes he never ȝit with schouris schot, Nor ȝit ourrun with rouk, or ony rayne
c1500 Rowll Cursing 172 (M).
Quhair thair is … Dirknes, mirknes, rouk and mist
1659 A. Hay Diary 170.
Thick rouk in the morning, thairafter warme and fair
1660 Ib. 244.
A thick rouck and frost
b. 1513 Doug. vii Prol. 36.
The soyl ysowpit into watir wak, The firmament ourcast with rokis blak

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