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- (UK) enPR: rō, IPA(key): /rəʊ/
- (US) enPR: rō, IPA(key): /roʊ/
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- 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 (krjak, “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).
From Middle English ro, roa, from Old English rā, rāha, from Proto-Germanic *raihą (compare Saterland Frisian Räi, Dutch ree, German Reh), from *róyko-, from Proto-Indo-European *rey- (“spotted, streaked”) (compare Irish riabh ‘stripe, streak’, Latvian ràibs ‘spotted’, Russian рябо́й (rjabój, “mottled fur”).
roe (plural roe or roes)
- A small, nimble Eurasian deer, Capreolus capreolus, with no visible tail, a white rump patch, and a reddish summer coat that turns grey in winter, the male having short three-pointed antlers.
- A mottled appearance of light and shade in wood, especially in mahogany.
Shortened form of roede, with regular loss of -de. From Proto-Germanic *rōdō(n)-.
- Alternative form of
- bundle of twigs, especially in Sinterklaas folklore
roe f (plural roes)
- wheel (cylindrical device)
- French: roue