Having a chestnut, bay, or sorrel coat thickly sprinkled with white or gray: a roan horse.
a. The characteristic coloring of a roan horse.
b. A roan horse or other animal.
2. A soft flexible sheepskin leather, often treated to resemble morocco and used in bookbinding.
[From Old French roan, rouan, from Old Spanish roán, rodano, perhaps from Vulgar Latin *rāvidānus (from Latin rāvidus, gray, yellowish-gray, from rāvus, gray, yellowish-gray, of unknown origin) and or of Germanic origin (akin to Old English rēad, red; see reudh- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots).]
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