- 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.
Origin of roe1
Origin of roe2
- return on equity.
Examples from the Web for roe
They were busily implementing these in cases like Roe v. Wade when a right-wing insurgency took them by surprise.A Reminder: Our Justices are Politicians in Robes
November 13, 2014
Prior to Roe v. Wade, nearly one-fifth of maternal deaths in America were due to illegal abortions.Indiana 'Feticide' Charge Is the Latest Fallout From States' Strict Anti-Abortion Laws
August 27, 2014
And worryingly, 20 years after Roe vs. Wade, only 12 percent of OB-GYN programs taught abortion techniques.The Medical Community’s Hidden Abortion-Training War
February 27, 2014
The abortion rate in the U.S. has reached its lowest level since Roe v Wade.Thank The Pill For Abortion Rate Drop
February 3, 2014
Advocates on both sides are celebrating and condemning Roe and its implications at events in Washington and across the country.What Do Threats To Roe V. Wade And Domestic Violence Have In Common? Patriarchy.
January 22, 2014
Saying this, he sprung away like the roe upon the mountains.Imogen
The jury decided that Roe was guilty of the act, and remanded him for trial.
Here comes Romeo, here comes Romeo—without his roe, like a dried herring.An Old Sailor's Yarns
The Roe was a freight-boat, "as slow as an island and as comfortable as a farm."Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete
Albert Bigelow Paine
Be thou like to a roe, or a young hart upon the mountains of spices.The Wedding Ring
T. De Witt Talmage
- 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
- short for roe deer
- Richard Roe law (formerly) the defendant in a fictitious action, Doe versus Roe, to test a point of lawSee also Doe (def. 1)
Word Origin and History for roe
"fish eggs," mid-15c., probably from an unrecorded Old English *hrogn, from Proto-Germanic *khrugna (cf. Old Norse hrogn, Danish rogn, Swedish rom, Flemish rog, Middle Low German and Middle Dutch roge, Old High German rogo, German Rogen "roe"), from PIE *krek- "frog spawn, fish eggs" (cf. Lithuanian kurkle, Russian krjak "spawn of frogs"). Exact relations of the Germanic words are uncertain.
"small deer," Old English ra, from raha, from Proto-Germanic *raikhaz (cf. Old Norse ra, Old Saxon reho, Middle Dutch and Dutch ree, Old High German reh, German Reh "roe"), of uncertain origin; perhaps from PIE root *rei- "streaked, spotted, striped in various colors."
- The eggs of a fish, often together with the membrane of the ovary in which they are held.