There are 2 definitions of roan in English:

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Pronunciation: /rəʊn
 
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adjective

  • Denoting an animal, especially a horse or cow, having a coat of a main colour thickly interspersed with hairs of another colour, typically bay, chestnut, or black mixed with white.
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    • Gualtero rounded the corner leading the horses - his palomino stallion, Sullivan's buckskin mare, and a third horse, a roan mare with a creamy blond mane and tail.
    • He reined his roan mare and fell behind his master.
    • My mare now turned her head and nibbled at the neck of the roan horse Sidroc rode.

noun

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  • A roan animal: a blue roan
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    • Chuckling at the raised eyebrow from the pretty girl sitting astride the chestnut roan, he replied to her unasked question.
    • Sullivan took his buckskin mare's reins and ran a fond hand over the animal's forehead as he eyed the roan.
    • In the last couple of days, has anyone come into town riding a roan with a Collins & Morrison saddle?

Origin

mid 16th century: from Old French, of unknown origin.

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There are 2 definitions of roan in English:

roan2

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Pronunciation: /rəʊn
 
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noun

[mass noun]
  • Soft flexible leather made from sheepskin, used in bookbinding as a substitute for morocco: [as modifier]: books in contemporary half roan gilt

Origin

early 19th century: perhaps from Roan, the old name of the French town of Rouen.

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