from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Full of roe, as a fish.
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"The bone of thy knee showing whitely through thy garment is shaped even as the shell of a crab, and the whiteness of the bone from thy knee to thy slender ankle is like a full-roed fish ----"
They come south along the coast from the north of Scotland till they are in their prime (full-roed, fat fish) off Yarmouth in October.