• WordNet 3.6
    • adj roan (used of especially horses) having a brownish coat thickly sprinkled with white or grey "a roan horse"
    • n roan a horse having a brownish coat thickly sprinkled with white or gray
    • n roan a soft sheepskin leather that is colored and finished to resemble morocco; used in bookbinding
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Roan A kind of leather used for slippers, bookbinding, etc., made from sheepskin, tanned with sumac and colored to imitate ungrained morocco.
    • Roan A roan horse.
    • Roan Having a bay, chestnut, brown, or black color, with gray or white thickly interspersed; -- said of a horse. "Give my roan a drench."
    • Roan Made of the leather called roan; as, roan binding.
    • Roan The color of a roan horse; a roan color.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • roan 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 roan An animal, especially a horse, of a roan color.
    • n roan A roan color; the color of a roan horse.
    • n roan A soft and flexible sheepskin, largely used by bookbinders, and often made in imitation of morocco.
    • n roan Same as rowan.
    • n roan A clump of whins.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Roan rōn having a bay or dark colour, with spots of gray and white: of a mixed colour, with a decided shade of red
    • n Roan a roan colour: a roan horse: grained sheepskin leather
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. rouan,; cf. Sp. roano, ruano, It. rovano, roano,


In literature:

Roan or pebbled leather are very popular for cushions for this style of furniture.
"Mission Furniture" by H. H. Windsor
But one, a long-legged roan with a curved neck, snorted and pawed the turf.
"The Wit and Humor of America, Volume X (of X)" by Various
Lirou's father with many hundreds of his people were slain, and the rest fled to Roan Kiti pursued by King Roka, who burnt the town.
"The Call Of The South" by Louis Becke
His black and roan, in the "Country Bait Stable," are perfect nature.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 54, No. 334, August 1843" by Various
While I'd belonged to Governor Roane, Roane was my name.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States from Interviews with Former Slaves, Arkansas Narratives, Part 4" by Work Projects Administration
My roan had become nervous, shaking his head and backing, and Elsin's restive mare began sidling across their line of fire.
"The Reckoning" by Robert W. Chambers
But Caliente and Juarez's roan were not sociable and kept strictly to themselves.
"Frontier Boys on the Coast" by Capt. Wyn Roosevelt
Still, Miss Lou and Pasha often rode out with "Mars" Clayton and the parrot-nosed roan.
"Children's Literature" by Charles Madison Curry
You don't know whether I'm a chestnut or a strawberry roan!
"Representative Plays by American Dramatists: 1856-1911: The New York Idea" by Langdon Mitchell
A great roan stallion, bridled but without a saddle, materialized.
"A World Called Crimson" by Darius John Granger

In poetry:

I'd liefer ride my gay galloway
Or my brother's shaggy roan;
Why sud I fash wi' forty dogs
When I luve to ride alone!
"Yorkshire Gypsy" by Dorothy Una Ratcliffe
At last hear something really; joyfully
Her cheek grew crimson, as the headlong speed
Of the roan charger drew all men to see,
The knight who came was Launcelot at good need.
"The Defence Of Guenevere" by William Morris
Down in the corral, a-standin' alone
Was this little old caballo, a strawberry roan
He had little pin ears that touched at the tip
And a big forty-four brand was on his left hip.
"The Strawberry Roan" by Curley Fletcher
It was up in the Bad Lands, I was rangin' alone,
I first heard of this cayuse, The Ridge Runnin' Roan.
He was fleet as a deer and as tough as a mule,
Pretty as a picture and nobody's fool.
"The Ridge-Running Roan" by Curley Fletcher
The last time I saw him, he was crossin' a bridge,
He was high-tailin' back to his favorite ridge.
I've borrowed an outfit as I've none of my own--
My riggin' ran off on the Ridge Runnin' Roan.
"The Ridge-Running Roan" by Curley Fletcher
The proud king heading the host on his red roan charger.
Dust. On a thicket of spears glares the Syrian sun,
The Saracens swarm to the onset, larger aye larger
Loom their fierce cohorts, they shout as the day were won.
"The Sleep of Sigismund" by Jean Ingelow

In news:

Roan Mountain State Park and various locations in the Highlands of Roan .
On Saturday, June 23, the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy (SAHC) will host a day of free, guided hikes in the Highlands of Roan .
Indian rug manufacturer and importer Surya Carpets Inc has appointed 20-plus year industry veteran Steve Roan as its coo.
Roan to Head Division.
How Ken Salazar's Position Has Shifted on the Roan Plateau.
Roan Highlands, North Carolina and the Tennessee Border.
The Secret of Roan Inish (PG).
An outbreak of anthrax may wipe out the Roan antelope , a rare species in Southern Africa, at the famed Kruger park.
The price of cleaner air in Roane County will come in a billowing white cloud.
Burning Springs, 30 miles from Parkersburg, sat in the middle of a strong secessionist enclave, which included parts of Wirt, Calhoun and Roane County.
Secretary of Labor discusses Rx Tennessee grant at Roane State.
Labor secretary tours Roane State, touts $12.6 million grant.
Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis addresses the Roane State Community College Oak Ridge campus, beside her is Dr Gary Goff, RSCC president, on Oct 3, 2012.
Secretary of Labor Hilda L Solis visits Roane State.
Secretary of Labor Hilda L Solis visits Roane State with school president Gary Goff, sees the impact of a federal grant.

In science:

So, Roan and Shakhnovich derive a mode-mode coupling theory of the RHP and explicitly solved it for a polymer in a good solvent.
Dynamic Properties of Random Heteropolymer with Correlations in Sequence
We reproduce the argument of Roan: The singular locus is a curve S .
Some Siegel threefolds with a Calabi-Yau model II
In the case of Fermat hypersurfaces in a weighted pro jective space this toric construction was first noted by Roan .
Mirror Symmetry Constructions: A Review
Roan: “New Constructions of Mirror Manifolds: Probing Moduli Space far from Fermat Points”, in Essays on Mirror Symmetry, ed. S.-T.
Mirror Symmetry Constructions: A Review
The first mirror constructions involved finite quotients of weighted pro jective spaces which, as Roan pointed out in 1992, can be described naturally using toric methods (see [Roa2]).
Recent developments in toric geometry