ros·ter (rŏstər, rôstər)
A list, especially of the names of players on a sports team or of the personnel in a military unit.
[Dutch rooster, gridiron, roster (from the ruled paper used for a roster), from roosten, to roast; akin to German rösten and English ROAST.]
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