- river flowing from SW Va. southeast through NE N.C. into Albemarle Sound: c. 380 mi (612 km)
- city in SW Va., on this river
- island off the coast of N.C.: site of abortive English colony (1585-87)
Origin of Roanoke; from Carolina Algonquian: meaning unknown
From Powhatan rawrenock (“things rubbed smooth by hand").