roanest

roan

[rohn]
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:
1520–30; < Middle French < Old Spanish roano < Germanic; compare Gothic rauths red

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

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roan
1530, from M.Fr. roan "reddish brown," perhaps from Sp. roano, from O.Sp. raudano, probably from a Gmc. source (cf. Gothic raudan, accusative of rauðs "red").
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