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ruff



Pronunciation: (ruf), [key]
n.
1. a neckpiece or collar of lace, lawn, or the like, gathered or drawn into deep, full, regular folds, worn in the 16th and 17th centuries.
2. something resembling such a piece in form or position.
3. a collar, or set of lengthened or specially marked hairs or feathers, on the neck of an animal.
4. Ornith.a species of European and Asian sandpiper, Philomachus pugnax, the male of which has a large erectile ruff of feathers during the breeding season. Cf. reeve 3.
5. Alaska and Northern Canada.a fringe of fur around the edge of a parka hood or along the edges of a jacket.

v.t.
tease (def. 3).

ruff



Pronunciation: (ruf), [key] Cards.

n.
1. an act or instance of trumping when one cannot follow suit.
2. an old game of cards, resembling whist.

v.t., v.i.
to trump when unable to follow suit.

ruff



Pronunciation: (ruf), [key]
n.
a small European freshwater fish, Acerina cernua, of the perch family.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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