Rooster vs. Roster - What's the difference?

Wikipedia

  • Rooster

    A rooster, also known as a gamecock, cockerel or cock, is an adult male gallinaceous bird, usually a male chicken (Gallus gallus domesticus). Mature male chickens less than one year old are called cockerels. The term "rooster" originates in the United States, and the term is widely used throughout North America, as well as Australia and New Zealand. The older terms "cock" or "cockerel", the latter denoting a young cock, are used in the United Kingdom and Ireland."Roosting" is the action of perching aloft to sleep at day, which is done by both sexes. The rooster is polygamous, but cannot guard several nests of eggs at once. He guards the general area where his hens are nesting, and attacks other roosters that enter his territory. During the daytime, a rooster often sits on a high perch, usually 0.9 to 1.5 m (3 to 5 feet) off the ground, to serve as a lookout for his group (hence the term "rooster"). He sounds a distinctive alarm call if predators are nearby and will frequently crow to assert his territory.

Wiktionary

  • Rooster (noun)

    A male domestic chicken (noshow=1) or other gallinaceous bird.

  • Rooster (noun)

    A bird or bat which roosts or is roosting.

  • Rooster (noun)

    An informer.

  • Rooster (noun)

    A violent or disorderly person.

  • Rooster (noun)

    A powerful, prideful, or pompous person.

  • Rooster (noun)

    A man.

  • Rooster (noun)

    A wild violet, when used in a children's game based on cockfighting.

  • Rooster (noun)

    Legislation solely devised to benefit the legislators proposing it.

  • Roster (noun)

    A list of individuals or groups, usually for an organization of some kind such as military officers and enlisted personnel enrolled in a particular unit; a muster roll; a sports team, with the names of players who are eligible to be placed in the lineup for a particular game; or a list of students officially enrolled in a school or class.

  • Roster (noun)

    A list of the jobs to be done by members of an organization and often with the date/time that they are expected to do them.

    "The secretary has produced a new cleaning roster for the Church over the remainder of the year."

  • Roster (verb)

    To place the name of (a person) on a roster.

    "I have rostered you for cleaning duties on the first Monday of each month."

Webster Dictionary

  • Rooster (noun)

    The male of the domestic fowl; a cock.

  • Roster (noun)

    A register or roll showing the order in which officers, enlisted men, companies, or regiments are called on to serve.

Princeton's WordNet

  • Rooster (noun)

    adult male chicken

  • Roster (noun)

    a list of names;

    "his name was struck off the rolls"

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