roe

1
[ roh ]
/ roʊ /

noun

the mass of eggs, or spawn, within the ovarian membrane of the female fish.
the milt or sperm of the male fish.
the eggs of any of various crustaceans, as the coral of the lobster.

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Origin of roe

1
1400–50; late Middle English rowe; cognate with Old High German rogo

Definition for roe (2 of 3)

roe2
[ roh ]
/ roʊ /

noun, plural roes, (especially collectively) roe.

Origin of roe

2
before 900; Middle English roo,Old English rā, rāha; cognate with German Reh

Definition for roe (3 of 3)

ROE

Accounting.

return on equity.
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British Dictionary definitions for roe (1 of 3)

roe1
/ (rəʊ) /

noun

Also called: hard roe the ovary of a female fish filled with mature eggs
Also called: soft roe the testis of a male fish filled with mature sperm
the ripe ovary of certain crustaceans, such as the lobster

Word Origin for roe

C15: from Middle Dutch roge, from Old High German roga; related to Old Norse hrogn

British Dictionary definitions for roe (2 of 3)

roe2
/ (rəʊ) /

noun plural roes or roe

short for roe deer

Word Origin for roe

Old English (ha), related to Old High German rēh (o), Old Norse

British Dictionary definitions for roe (3 of 3)

Roe
/ (rəʊ) /

noun

Richard Roe law (formerly) the defendant in a fictitious action, Doe versus Roe, to test a point of lawSee also Doe (def. 1)
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Scientific definitions for roe

roe
[ rō ]

The eggs of a fish, often together with the membrane of the ovary in which they are held.
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