roan


roan

adjective

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

noun

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

adjective

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

noun

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

1520s, from Middle French roan “reddish brown,” perhaps from Spanish roano, from Old Spanish raudano, probably from a Germanic source (cf. Gothic raudan, accusative of rauðs “red”). Chiefly of horses.

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