Roan meaning

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A roan horse or other animal.
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Having a chestnut, bay, or sorrel coat thickly sprinkled with white or gray.

A roan horse.

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A soft flexible sheepskin leather, often treated to resemble morocco and used in bookbinding.
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Of a solid color, as reddish brown, brown, or black, with a thick sprinkling of white hairs.
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A roan color.
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A soft, flexible sheepskin used in bookbinding, often treated to look like morocco.
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Especially of a horse, having a coat of a dark base color with individual white hairs mixed in.
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Made of the leather called roan.

Roan binding.

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An animal such as a horse that has a coat of a dark base color with individual white hairs mixed in.
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The color of such an animal.
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Origin of roan

  • From Old French roan, rouan from Old Spanish roán, rodano perhaps from Vulgar Latin rāvidānus (from Latin rāvidus gray, yellowish-gray) (from rāvus gray, yellowish-gray, of unknown origin) or of Germanic origin (akin to Old English rēad red reudh- in Indo-European roots)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle French roan, probably from Spanish roano, from Old Spanish raudano, itself probably of Germanic origin (cf. Gothic raudan, accusative of (rauþs, “red”).

    From Wiktionary