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roan

 (rōn)
adj.
Having a chestnut, bay, or sorrel coat thickly sprinkled with white or gray: a roan horse.
n.
1.
a. The characteristic coloring of a roan horse.
b. A roan horse or other animal.
2. A soft flexible sheepskin leather, often treated to resemble morocco and used in bookbinding.

[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) and or of Germanic origin (akin to Old English rēad, red; see reudh- in Indo-European roots).]

roan

(rəʊn)
adj
(Breeds) (of a horse) having a bay (red roan), chestnut (strawberry roan), or black (blue roan) coat sprinkled with white hairs
n
1. (Breeds) a horse having such a coat
2. (Tanning) a soft unsplit sheepskin leather with a close tough grain, used in bookbinding, etc
[C16: from Old French, from Spanish roano, probably from Gothic rauths red]

roan1

(roʊn)

adj.
1. (chiefly of horses) of the color sorrel, chestnut, or bay, sprinkled with gray or white.
n.
2. a horse or other animal with a roan coat.
[1520–30; < Middle French (French rouan) < Sp roano, of uncertain orig.]

roan2

(roʊn)
n.
1. a soft, flexible sheepskin leather, used in bookbinding, often made to imitate morocco.
adj.
2. prepared with or bound in roan.
[1810–20; of obscure orig.; relation, if any, with 16th century, late Middle English rone “a kind of hide” is unclear]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.roan - a soft sheepskin leather that is colored and finished to resemble morocco; used in bookbinding
leather - an animal skin made smooth and flexible by removing the hair and then tanning
2.roan - a horse having a brownish coat thickly sprinkled with white or gray
Equus caballus, horse - solid-hoofed herbivorous quadruped domesticated since prehistoric times
Adj.1.roan - (used of especially horses) having a brownish coat thickly sprinkled with white or grey; "a roan horse"
colored, coloured, colorful - having color or a certain color; sometimes used in combination; "colored crepe paper"; "the film was in color"; "amber-colored heads of grain"
Translations

roan

[rəʊn]
A. ADJruano
B. Ncaballo m ruano

roan

[ˈrəʊn]
nrouan(ne) m/f
adj [horse] → rouan(ne)

roan

adj horserötlich grau
nRotschimmel m

roan

[rəʊn]
1. adjroano/a
2. n (horse) → roano
References in classic literature ?
Antonia had gone down to the barn one night to see that all was well before she went to bed, and she noticed that one of the roans was swollen about the middle and stood with its head hanging.
From the Woods, on a roan horse, carbine across pommel, rode the young man with the quick black eyes.
He heard footsteps approaching, and drove his spurs so fiercely into the roan as to force a surprised groan from the animal as it leaped forward.
One was Justice, a roan cob, used for riding or for the luggage cart; the other was an old brown hunter, named Sir Oliver; he was past work now, but was a great favorite with the master, who gave him the run of the park; he sometimes did a little light carting on the estate, or carried one of the young ladies when they rode out with their father, for he was very gentle and could be trusted with a child as well as Merrylegs.
"Mind you're not late!" was Yashvin's only comment; and to change the conversation: "How's my roan? is he doing all right?" he inquired, looking out of the window at the middle one of the three horses, which he had sold Vronsky.
I have a quiet roan mare that is used to carrying ladies; she would be just the thing for you.
Now thousands of feet and bayonets moved and halted at the officers' command, turned with banners flying, formed up at intervals, and wheeled round other similar masses of infantry in different uniforms; now was heard the rhythmic beat of hoofs and the jingling of showy cavalry in blue, red, and green braided uniforms, with smartly dressed bandsmen in front mounted on black, roan, or gray horses; then again, spreading out with the brazen clatter of the polished shining cannon that quivered on the gun carriages and with the smell of linstocks, came the artillery which crawled between the infantry and cavalry and took up its appointed position.
I never heard but one worse roarer in my life, and that was a roan: it belonged to Pegwell, the corn-factor; he used to drive him in his gig seven years ago, and he wanted me to take him, but I said,
He was a tall, savage-looking young fellow, mounted on a powerful roan horse, and clad in the rough dress of a hunter, with a long rifle slung over his shoulders.
The fact was, nobody had observed a horse entered by the name of Vampa, or that of a jockey styled Job, when, at the last moment, a splendid roan, mounted by a jockey about as big as your fist, presented themselves at the starting-post.
Bazin followed him upon a roan, holding by the halter a vigorous Mecklenburg horse; this was D'Artagnan mount.
Only yesterday I saw this Frenchwoman riding, splendidly mounted, with De Griers, while the General was careering in their wake on a roan horse.