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ras       W, fem. sing. n. from Eng. race, ‘water course', W pl. rasaue.g. Rasau, (Rassau) Ebbw Vale. Blaen y Ras & Ras Las, Merthyr Tydfil.

recian    unclear. poss. Welsh dial. form of  rhegian, 'to mutter, to curse'. e.g. Cae Recan, Tir Draw. TS1844. Aberdare.

recruiting        Eng. ‘enlisting persons as recruits'.  e.g. Recruiting, (pub. house) Lltbnt.

redyr     poss. Welsh dial. for aradr, 'plough'. e.g. Cae redyr, Troed y rhiw llech.TS1844. Aberdare.

reservoir         Eng. 'stored water'. e.g. Reservoir, Abernant y Groes Ychaf.TS1844.

rhaca    W, masc. and fem. n., borr. from Eng. rake1, ‘a toothed bar on a handle, for scraping, gathering together, smoothing, etc.' ‘CED. rake2  ‘land near or containing a narrow hill path'. EFN/JF.  Also fig. for a thin person.  e.g. Cae Rhaca  (farm), Merthyr Tydfil. Craig y rhaca, Machen. Gwern y rhaca, Nant war rhaca, Llwyn y rhaca, Carms. 

rhandir      W, masc. and fem. sing. n., pls. rhandiroedd, rhandiredd, rhandirau, ‘piece of land, field, allotment; share or portion of land; landshare'; possibly relating to medieval land tenure. e.g. Rhandirlas, Rhandir, Handir goch, Handir y glyn, Handir Twm Ffranc, Handir issaf, Handir y parlas, Handir felin, Handir hir. Lltbnt. Rhandirmwyn, Carms.

rhath      W, masc. sing. n. ‘earthwork, fortification'. see Roath, Cardiff.

Rhath     W, river-name. see Amroth, Pembs.

rhedyn    W, pl.bs. n., ( fem. sing. rhedynen ), ‘ferns, bracken'. e.g. Bank y rhedin. Lltbnt. Glynrhedynog, (Ferndale) Rhondda. Glyn yr Hetin (glyn y rhedyn),Vedw Hir.TS1844. Aberdare.

rhew     Welsh, 'frost'. e.g. Tir Kilvach y rhew. RR 1700. Cynon Valley.

rhisgau  W, pl. n. ‘barks' (of trees). see Risca, Rhisga, Monmouthshire.

rhiw        W, masc. and fem. sing. n., (dim. rhiwan ), pls. rhiwiau, rhiwydd, ‘hill, slope'. e.g. Penrhiw, Troed y rhiw, Penrhiw goch, Tanyrhu. Lltbnt. Troedyrhiw, Merthyr Tydfil. Penrhiwceiber, Cynon Valley. Rhiwbina, Cardiff. Rhiw Cilog (ceiliog), Pentyrch. Rhiwsaeson, Taf/Elai. See Fochriw, Merthyr Tydfil.

rhos        W, fem. sing. n., pl. rhosydd, ‘moor, moorland, heath, down, meadow on high ground; marshland; plain'.  e.g. Rhoscelyn, Rhosilly, Rhos Ifor, Rospencrwn, Wain rhoswith, Cae Rhose, Penyrose, Pen y rhos, coed wain rhoswith, Wain rhoes with uchaf/issaf. Lltbnt. Rhoose, Glam. Red Roses, Pembs. Rhos Wenallt, Aberdare.

rhwyth       W. n. ‘liquid, juice, sap; drink'. See EANC p179.  e.g. Glanyrwyth, (TS no. 1694), Glynhir. Lltbnt.

rhyd        W, masc. and fem. n., pls. rhyd(i)au, rhydoedd, ‘a ford'. e.g. Rhydgoch, Rhydgoch Terrace, Rhyd y werfa, Rhyd y maerdy, Rhyd y mardy fach, Cae bryn yr hyd, Cae rhyd goch, Wain fach rhydgoch, Waste rhyd goch, Cae canol rhyd goch, Cae bach rhyd goch. Lltbnt. Rhydymardy, Gorseinon. Pontrhydyfen, Glam. Porthyrhyd, Carms. Redberth, Pembs.

rhyddid      W, masc. and fem. sing. n., pl. (rare) rhydidau, ‘common land, (mountain) grazing'. GPC. e.g. Rhyddid, Rhyddid uchaf/issaf, Bank rhyddid, Gors rhyddid. Lltbnt.

rhyg        W, masc. sing. n., ( fem. dim. rhygen ),  pl. rhygau, ‘rye (grain)'. e.g.  Cae rhyg. Cae wain rug. Lltbnt. Cae rug, Ysgubor Wen. TS1844. Aberdare.

rhys        W, poss. abb. form of dyrys,  see rhysaf 2 GPC, ‘to become entangled or knotted (of hair)'. It can be confused and mistaken for the common W pers. name Rhys.  e.g. Cefncae Rhys mawr, Cefncae Rhys bach, Cae Rhys yr  eithin, Cae Rhys ddu. Lltbnt. Penrhys, Rhondda. Penrice, Gower.

rick      Eng. ‘stack of hay etc.'. e.g.  rick-yard, Lltbnt.

riddfa    unclear. poss. Welsh  rhudd + fa, 'red place'. e.g. Cae riddfa, Abergwawr. TS1844. Aberdare.

Roberts           pers.surname.'the Roberts family of Gadlys Uchaf gave their name to the settlement developed on their land in mid-century,  Robertstown, Aberdare, also known as Tresalem..

rosemary  Eng. ‘the rosemary; evergreen fragrant shrub'. e.g. Rosemary garden, Rhose mary garden. Lltbnt.

rubbish   Eng.'waste'. e.g. Rubbish Tips, Llwydcoed Estate. TS1844.

rugos      v. grugos

rush        v. hush/hwsh           

rye-grass  Eng. ‘the species Lolium perenne is a valuable pasture grass'.  e.g.  Graig y rhyegrass. Lltbnt. Cae'r rye grass, Pant y Gerddinen.TS1844. Aberdare.

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