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roan

[ rohn ]
/ roʊn /
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adjective

(chiefly of horses) of the color sorrel, chestnut, or bay, sprinkled with gray or white.
prepared from leather of this color.

noun

a horse or other animal with a roan coat.
a roan color.
a soft, flexible sheepskin leather, used in bookbinding, often made to imitate morocco.

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Origin of roan

1520–30; <Middle French <Old Spanish roano<Germanic; compare Gothic rauths red
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British Dictionary definitions for roan

roan
/ (rəʊn) /

adjective

(of a horse) having a bay (red roan), chestnut (strawberry roan), or black (blue roan) coat sprinkled with white hairs

noun

a horse having such a coat
a soft unsplit sheepskin leather with a close tough grain, used in bookbinding, etc

Word Origin for roan

C16: from Old French, from Spanish roano, probably from Gothic rauths red
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