Roanoke Definition

rōə-nōk
proper name
River flowing from SW Va. southeast through NE N.C. into Albemarle Sound: c. 380 mi (612 km)
Webster's New World
City in SW Va., on this river.
Webster's New World
Island off the coast of N.C.: site of abortive English colony (1585-87)
Webster's New World
noun

(US, historical) White beads of low value made from shells, formerly used for ornaments and currency by Native Americans of colonial Virginia.

Wiktionary
other
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.
American Heritage
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Origin of Roanoke

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

    From Wiktionary

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