22 October 2004

roan - Word for the Day

roan · 'rOHn also 'rO-&n · adjective
: of a color, (as red, black, or brown), muted and lightened by admixture of white hairs ; not generally used of human coloration

1 : an animal (as a horse) with a roan coat -- usually used of a red roan when unqualified

2 : the color of a roan horse -- used especially when the base color is red

3 : sheepskin tanned with sumac and colored and finished to imitate morocco

Etymology: Middle French, from Old Spanish roano; except noun (3); of unknown origin

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