roo, roux, rue

The words roo, roux, rue sound the same but have different meanings and spellings. Why do roo, roux, rue sound the same even though they are completely different words?

The answer is simple: roo, roux, rue are homophones of the English language.

  1. :: noun

    Peace; quietness.

  2. :: noun

    Rest; stillness.

  3. :: noun

    Short form of kangaroo.

  4. :: abbreviation

    Quintana Roo, a state of Mexico.

  1. :: noun

    A mixture of flour and fat cooked together and used as a thickening.

  1. :: verb-transitive

    To feel regret, remorse, or sorrow for.

  2. :: verb-intransitive

    To feel regret, remorse, or sorrow.

  3. :: noun

    Sorrow; regret: "To their rue, the Social Democrats have to acknowledge that the Conservative-Liberal coalition has captured the center where elections are won” ( Elizabeth Pond).

  4. :: noun

    Any of various aromatic southwest Asian or Mediterranean plants of the genus Ruta, especially the ornamental R. graveolens, having bipinnately compound leaves that yield an acrid volatile oil formerly used in medicine.

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About Homophones

Homophones (literally "same sound") are usually defined as words that share the same pronunciation, regardless of how they are spelled.

If they are spelled the same then they are also homographs (and homonyms); if they are spelled differently then they are also heterographs (literally "different writing").