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roe1

[roh] /roʊ/
noun
1.
the mass of eggs, or spawn, within the ovarian membrane of the female fish.
2.
the milt or sperm of the male fish.
3.
the eggs of any of various crustaceans, as the coral of the lobster.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English rowe; cognate with Old High German rogo

roe2

[roh] /roʊ/
noun, plural roes (especially collectively) roe.
1.
Origin
before 900; Middle English roo, Old English rā, rāha; cognate with German Reh

ROE

Accounting.
1.
return on equity.
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Examples from the web for roe
  • IT is not quite spring yet, but shad and shad roe are already in the market.
  • Fishermen harvest the rich herring population primarily for the roe.
  • On this day, the fishermen debate which is tastier, mullet roe fried intact in its membrane or chopped and scrambled with eggs.
  • Cut the pairs of roe in half, taking care not to damage the membrane.
  • And now the sister wept over her poor bewitched brother, and the little roe wept also, and sat sorrowfully near to her.
  • Direct observations of roe deer revealed that animals orient their heads northward when grazing or resting.
  • The same was true for roe deer, which the team observed first-hand.
  • Southern is a spring breakfast of herring with its roe.
  • Here the crab is served ready cracked and the roe adds a crunchy intensity that's offset by a light yet pungent sauce.
  • She also adds salmon bonemeal and roe to her mix, which boosts nutrient level.
British Dictionary definitions for roe

roe1

/rəʊ/
noun
1.
Also called hard roe. the ovary of a female fish filled with mature eggs
2.
Also called soft roe. the testis of a male fish filled with mature sperm
3.
the ripe ovary of certain crustaceans, such as the lobster
Word Origin
C15: from Middle Dutch roge, from Old High German roga; related to Old Norse hrogn

roe2

/rəʊ/
noun (pl) roes, roe
1.
short for roe deer
Word Origin
Old English (ha), related to Old High German rēh(o), Old Norse

Roe

/rəʊ/
noun
1.
(law) Richard Roe, (formerly) the defendant in a fictitious action, Doe versus Roe, to test a point of law See also Doe (sense 1)
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Word Origin and History for roe
n.

"fish eggs," mid-15c., probably from an unrecorded Old English *hrogn, from Proto-Germanic *khrugna (cf. Old Norse hrogn, Danish rogn, Swedish rom, Flemish rog, Middle Low German and Middle Dutch roge, Old High German rogo, German Rogen "roe"), from PIE *krek- "frog spawn, fish eggs" (cf. Lithuanian kurkle, Russian krjak "spawn of frogs"). Exact relations of the Germanic words are uncertain.

"small deer," Old English ra, from raha, from Proto-Germanic *raikhaz (cf. Old Norse ra, Old Saxon reho, Middle Dutch and Dutch ree, Old High German reh, German Reh "roe"), of uncertain origin; perhaps from PIE root *rei- "streaked, spotted, striped in various colors."

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roe in Science
roe
  (rō)   
The eggs of a fish, often together with the membrane of the ovary in which they are held.
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Slang definitions & phrases for roe

Roe

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Related Abbreviations for roe

ROE

  1. residue on evaporation
  2. return on equity
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roe in the Bible

(Heb. tsebi), properly the gazelle (Arab. ghazal), permitted for food (Deut. 14:5; comp. Deut. 12:15, 22; 15:22; 1 Kings 4:23), noted for its swiftness and beauty and grace of form (2 Sam. 2:18; 1 Chr. 12:8; Cant. 2:9; 7:3; 8:14). The gazelle (Gazella dorcas) is found in great numbers in Palestine. "Among the gray hills of Galilee it is still 'the roe upon the mountains of Bether,' and I have seen a little troop of gazelles feeding on the Mount of Olives close to Jerusalem itself" (Tristram). The Hebrew word ('ayyalah) in Prov. 5: 19 thus rendered (R.V., "doe"), is properly the "wild she-goat," the mountain goat, the ibex. (See 1 Sam. 24:2; Ps. 104:18; Job 39:1.)

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Encyclopedia Article for roe

either the mass of eggs of a female fish (hard roe) or the mass of sperm, or milt, of a male fish (soft roe), considered as food. The most prized of hard roes is that of the sturgeon, from which caviar (q.v.) is made. The eggs of a number of fish are eaten, often after having been salted or smoked. Smoked cod roe is popular in Great Britain; tarama, salted carp roe, is the base of taramasalata, a Greek appetizer spread. Soft roes can be poached or sauteed and are sometimes served as hors d'oeuvres or light entrees. Other fish roes especially prized are those of herring, mackerel, mullet, salmon, shad, and sole. Sea urchin roe is a local delicacy of coastal areas, eaten raw or lightly cooked.

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