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roan

[rohn] /roʊn/
adjective
1.
(chiefly of horses) of the color sorrel, chestnut, or bay, sprinkled with gray or white.
2.
prepared from leather of this color.
noun
3.
a horse or other animal with a roan coat.
4.
a roan color.
5.
a soft, flexible sheepskin leather, used in bookbinding, often made to imitate morocco.
Origin
1520-1530
1520-30; < Middle French < Old Spanish roano < Germanic; compare Gothic rauths red
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British Dictionary definitions for roan

roan

/rəʊn/
adjective
1.
(of a horse) having a bay (red roan), chestnut (strawberry roan), or black (blue roan) coat sprinkled with white hairs
noun
2.
a horse having such a coat
3.
a soft unsplit sheepskin leather with a close tough grain, used in bookbinding, etc
Word Origin
C16: from Old French, from Spanish roano, probably from Gothic rauths red
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Word Origin and History for roan
adj.

1520s, from Middle French roan "reddish brown," perhaps from Spanish roano, from Old Spanish raudano, probably from a Germanic source (cf. Gothic raudan, accusative of rauðs "red"). Chiefly of horses.

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