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 (ro͞o′dŏlf) 1858-1889.
Austrian crown prince, heir to Francis Joseph I, who was found dead with his mistress in Mayerling, his hunting lodge near Vienna. The event spawned numerous rumors and remains a mystery, although it was officially declared a double suicide.
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(Placename) Lake Rudolf the former name (until 1979) of (Lake) Turkana


(ˈruːdɒlf) or


(Biography) 1858–89, archduke of Austria, son of emperor Franz Joseph: he and his mistress committed suicide at the royal hunting lodge in Mayerling
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(tʊərˈkɑ nə)

Lake. Formerly, Lake Rudolf. a lake in E Africa, in N Kenya. 3500 sq. mi. (9100 sq. km).
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One evening Rudolf was strolling along a crosstown street in the older central part of the city.
This mode of dentistic advertising was a common sight to Rudolf. Usually he passed the dispenser of the dentist's cards without reducing his store; but tonight the African slipped one into his hand so deftly that he retained it there smiling a little at the successful feat.
One side of the card was blank; on the other was written in ink three words, "The Green Door." And then Rudolf saw, three steps in front of him, a man throw down the card the negro had given him as he passed.
Rarely did the arch sprite Adventure need to beckon twice to Rudolf Steiner, his true follower.
Rudolf walked slowly back to where the giant negro stood by the case of rattling teeth.
After concluding his survey Rudolf walked briskly up the high flight of stone steps into the house.
Rudolf caught her and laid her on a faded couch that stood against the wall.
Rudolf looked around the room excitedly for a barrel.
"This is ridiculous," said Rudolf, blusteringly, "to go without eating.
But to Rudolf the history sounded as big as the Iliad or the crisis in "Junie's Love Test."
She wants Reckless Rudolf, not a man who stands and grins when other men butt in on him and his girl.
A considerable literature of military forecasts, beginning as early as 1906 with Rudolf Martin, the author not merely of a brilliant book of anticipations, but of a proverb, "The future of Germany lies in the air," had, however, partially prepared the German imagination for some such enterprise.