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 Rook’ery (3 syl.).Room. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Rooky Wood (The).
 
Not the wood where rooks do congregate, but the misty or dark wood. The verb reek (to emit vapour) had the preterite roke, rook, or roak; hence Hamilton, in his Wallace, speaks of the “rooky mist.”   1
       
“Light thickens, and the crow
Makes wing to the roaky wood.”
       
Shakespeare: Macbeth, iii. 2.
 


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