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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The eggs or the egg-laden ovary of a fish.
  • n. The egg mass or spawn of certain crustaceans, such as the lobster.
  • n. The roe deer.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The eggs of fish.
  • n. The sperm of certain fish.
  • n. The ovaries of certain crustaceans.
  • n. A small, nimble Eurasian deer, Capreolus capreolus, with short three-pointed antlers, no visible tail, a white rump patch, and a reddish summer coat that turns grey in winter.
  • n. A mottled appearance of light and shade in wood, especially in mahogany.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A roebuck. See roebuck.
  • n. The female of any species of deer.
  • n. The ova or spawn of fishes and amphibians, especially when still inclosed in the ovarian membranes. Sometimes applied, loosely, to the sperm and the testes of the male.
  • n. A mottled appearance of light and shade in wood, especially in mahogany.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The roe-deer.
  • n. Improperly, the adult female of the hart; the doe of the stag or red deer.
  • n. The spawn of a fish.
  • n. The spawn of various crustaceans, used for food, as the berry, coral, or mass of eggs of the female lobster.
  • n. A mottled appearance in wood, especially in mahogany, being the alternate streak of light and shade running with the grain, or from end to end of the log.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. fish eggs or egg-filled ovary; having a grainy texture
  • n. the egg mass or spawn of certain crustaceans such as the lobster
  • n. the eggs or egg-laden ovary of a fish
  • n. eggs of female fish

Etymologies

Middle English row, from Middle Low German or Middle Dutch roge.
Middle English ro, from Old English rā, rāha.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
ca. 1450; Middle English rowe, roof, from earlier roughe, from Middle Dutch rōge, from Proto-Germanic *hrugō (compare Dutch roge, Old High German rogo), from Proto-Indo-European *krek- (“spawn”) (compare Lithuanian kurkulaĩ ‘frog eggs’, Russian кряк (krjak) ‘id.’). (Wiktionary)
Middle English ro, from Old English , fuller rāha, from Proto-Germanic *raihan (compare Saterland Frisian Räi, Dutch ree, German Reh), from *róiko-, from Proto-Indo-European *rei- (“spotted, streaked”) (compare Irish riabh ‘stripe, streak’, Latvian ràibs ‘spotted’, Russian rjabój ‘mottled fur’). (Wiktionary)

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