- Rabbits Naval Naval slang name given to articles taken, or intended to be taken, ashore privately. Originally "rabbits" were things taken ashore improperly (i.e. theft or smuggling - the name arose from the ease with which tobacco, etc., could be concealed in the inside of a dead rabbit) but with the passage of time the application of the word spread to anything taken ashore; an air of impropriety nevertheless still hangs over the use of the word. Hence the phrase "Tuck its ears in", often said to an officer or rating seen going ashore with a parcel.
- Raj Indian Rule.
- Rajah Indian Ruler.
- Rajnara Indian Follower of a Rajah.
- Rakhiri Indian The concept of being obliged to return an important service. It was a thank offering honoured by the whole family. It is given when the family has no gift of suitable worth for the service given. Normally given at a specific festival. It ties the entire family and its resources to the recipient forever and without question. All that is needed is for a member of the family to see or be sent the Rakhri Band for unquestioning assistance to be given.
- Rakhiri Band Indian The bracelet which is given to denote the obligation.
- Ramadan India/Middle East/North Africa The Muslim month of fasting or purification.
- Rani Indian Female ruler.
- Rattan Indian Cane often used to make screens.
- Referendum Administrative The referring of an important constitutional issue t the electors for a decision by their direct vote.
- Rig Naval Rig of the day. Naval name for the type of uniform directed to be worn each day; it is piped at breakfast time in each ship daily.
- Ringer Naval Sailors' (not officers') slang name in conjunction with a number to denote an officer (e.g., Three-ringer = Commander), from the rings of gold lace worn on the sleeve.
- Rissaldar Indian Native Cavalry Officer.
- Rissaldar Major Indian Senior Native Cavalry Officer.
- Rock Scorpion Naval Naval name for a resident of Gibraltar - originally a Gibraltar policeman only but the meaning has widened; the first word is often omitted.
- Rupee Indian Silver coin valued about 2/- (10p) in 1857
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