Roanoke meaning

rōə-nōk
(US, historical) White beads of low value made from shells, formerly used for ornaments and currency by Native Americans of colonial Virginia.
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River flowing from SW Va. southeast through NE N.C. into Albemarle Sound: c. 380 mi (612 km)
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City in SW Va., on this river.
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Island off the coast of N.C.: site of abortive English colony (1585-87)
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An independent city of southwest Virginia west-southwest of Richmond on the Roanoke River. Once known as Big Lick after a nearby salt lick, it was renamed with the coming of the railroad in 1881.
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Origin of roanoke

  • < Carolina Algonquian: meaning unknown

    From Webster's New World College Dictionary, 5th Edition

  • From Powhatan rawrenock (“things rubbed smooth by hand").

    From Wiktionary