|a printed punctuation mark (‽), available only in some typefaces, designed to combine the question mark (?) and the exclamation point (!), indicating a mixture of query and interjection, as after a rhetorical question.|
|a screen or mat covered with a dark material for shielding a camera lens from excess light or glare.|
|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|
|[C15: from Middle Dutch roge, from Old High German roga; related to Old Norse hrogn]|
|—n , pl roes, roe|
|short for roe deer|
|[Old English rā(ha), related to Old High German rēh(o), Old Norse rā]|
|law Richard Roe See also Doe (formerly) the defendant in a fictitious action, Doe versus Roe, to test a point of law|
(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.)
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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