From Latin roridus, from ros, roris (dew).


rorid (comparative more rorid, superlative most rorid)

  1. (obsolete) Dewy; bedewed.
    • 1598, Chapman, George, “The Third Sestiad”, in Hero and Leander[1], completion of the poem begun by Christopher Marlowe:
      [] as Phœbus throws
      His beams abroad, though he in clouds be clos’d,
      Still glancing by them till he find oppos’d
      A loose and rorid vapour that is fit
      T’ event his searching beams, and useth it
      To form a tender twenty-colour’d eye,
      Cast in a circle round about the sky []
    • 1621, Granger, Thomas, chapter 1, in A familiar exposition or commentarie on Ecclesiastes wherein the worlds vanity, and the true felicitie are plainely deciphered[2], page 15:
      Or, whether it be, as Aristotle thinketh, that the waters are conuerted into liquid, or rorid ayre, which is suckt in of the earth, by her magneticall thirst, and congealed into many dispersed small droppes, as moisture attracted through the porose and supple bladder becommeth a torrent of vrine: which vapours gathering together in the veines of the earth, for that purpose ordained of God, breake forth of the hilles.
    • 1658, Browne, Sir Thomas, chapter 7, in Pseudodoxia Epidemica: Or, Enquiries Into Very Many Received Tenents And Commonlly Presumed Truths, book 2, page 117:
      That the lentous drops upon it are not extraneous, and rather an exudation from itself, then a rorid concretion from without: beside other grounds, we have reason to conceive; for having kept the Roots moist and earthed in close chambers, they have, though in lesser plenty, sent out these drops as before.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for rorid in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)