from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Having a chestnut, bay, or sorrel coat thickly sprinkled with white or gray: a roan horse.
- n. The characteristic coloring of a roan horse.
- n. A roan horse or other animal.
- n. A soft flexible sheepskin leather, often treated to resemble morocco and used in bookbinding.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. especially of a horse, having a coat of a dark base color with individual white hairs mixed in
- n. An animal such as a horse that has a coat of a dark base color with individual white hairs mixed in.
- n. The color of such an animal.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Having a bay, chestnut, brown, or black color, with gray or white thickly interspersed; -- said of a horse.
- adj. Made of the leather called roan.
- n. The color of a roan horse; a roan color.
- n. A roan horse.
- n. A kind of leather used for slippers, bookbinding, etc., made from sheepskin, tanned with sumac and colored to imitate ungrained morocco.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of a bay, sorrel, or chestnut color, with gray or white hairs more or less thickly interspersed: said chiefly of horses. A bright-red mixture is called strawberry-roan or red-roan.
- n. An animal, especially a horse, of a roan color.
- n. A roan color; the color of a roan horse.
- n. A soft and flexible sheepskin, largely used by bookbinders, and often made in imitation of morocco.
- n. Same as rowan.
- n. A clump of whins.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. (used of especially horses) having a brownish coat thickly sprinkled with white or grey
- n. a horse having a brownish coat thickly sprinkled with white or gray
- n. a soft sheepskin leather that is colored and finished to resemble morocco; used in bookbinding
Obsolete French, from Old French, from Old Spanish roano, probably of Germanic origin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)