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