RATH. A species of land turtle. Head erect; mouth like a shark; forelegs curved out so that the animal walked on its knees; smooth green body; lived on swallows and oysters.

Carroll's definition, printed in 1855, cited by The Annotated Alice

Rath (?), n. [Ir. rath.]


A hill or mound.




A kind of ancient fortification found in Ireland.


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Rath, Rathe (?), a. [AS. hrae[eth], hraed, quick, akin to OHG. hrad, Icel. hra[eth]r.]

Coming before others, or before the usual time; early.

[Obs. or Poetic]

Bring the rathe primrose that forsaken dies.


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Rath, Rathe, adv.

Early; soon; betimes.

[Obs. or Poetic]

Why rise ye up so rathe?

Too rathe cut off by practice criminal.


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