- 1 English
- 2 Dutch
- 3 Middle French
- 4 Spanish
- (UK) enPR: rō, IPA(key): /rəʊ/
- (US) enPR: rō, IPA(key): /roʊ/
Audio (US) (file)
- Rhymes: -əʊ
- Homophone: row (in some senses only)
From Middle English rowe, rowne, roun, rawne, from Old English *hrogn (“spawn, fish eggs, roe”), from Proto-Germanic *hrugnaz, *hrugną (“spawn, roe”), from Proto-Indo-European *krek- (“(frog) spawn”). Cognate with Dutch roge (“roe”), German Low German Rögen (“roe”), German Rogen (“roe”), Danish rogn, ravn (“roe”), Swedish rom (“roe”), Icelandic hrogn (“roe”), Lithuanian kurkulaĩ (“frog spawn”), Russian кряк (kryak, “frog spawn”).
- 1988 : It was quite flavourless, except that, where its innards had been imperfectly removed, silver traces of roe gave it an unpleasant bitterness. - Alan Hollinghurst, The Swimming Pool Library, (Penguin Books, paperback edition, 40)
- (sperm): milt
- ^ Wolfgang Pfeifer, ed., Etymologisches Wörterbuch des Deutschen, s.v. “Rogen” (Munich: Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag, 2005).
Middle English ro, from Old English rā, fuller rāha, from Proto-Germanic *raihą (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 рябой (rjabój, “mottled fur”).
roe (plural roe or roes)
- 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.
- A mottled appearance of light and shade in wood, especially in mahogany.
Officially, the -de was replaced by -ê, but the -ê was dropped later. Confer lade to la, Nederlands to Neerlands, chocolade to chocola.
- Alternative form of roede.
roe f (plural roes)
- wheel (cylindrical device)
- French: roue
roe (infinitive roer)