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It belongs to categories: Orthodox chess, 
It was last modified on: 2001-12-21
 Author: Fergus  Duniho. Rook. Moves across unobstructed orthogonal line.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
John Lawson wrote on 2003-02-01 UTC
The rook is a corvine bird, like the crow or raven. It is a homophone for the Rook in chess, and therefore the subject of folk etymology. Rooks also steal small, shiny objects to decorate their nests, whence the slang term 'to rook' meaning 'to cheat'. English speakers also refer to that piece as the Castle, probably more commonly than Rook.