One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Denoting an animal, especially a horse or cow, having a coat of a main color thickly interspersed with hairs of another color, typically bay, chestnut, or black mixed with white.
- ‘My mare now turned her head and nibbled at the neck of the roan horse Sidroc rode.’
- ‘She spotted him slipping off his roan horse next to the tree she'd been hiding behind just moments before.’
- ‘Gualtero rounded the corner leading the horses - his palomino stallion, Sullivan's buckskin mare, and a third horse, a roan mare with a creamy blond mane and tail.’
- ‘The roan gelding set off immediately and the buggy headed back down the road to pass under the large stone arch.’
- ‘Outside, a roan mare and a grey gelding waited for us.’
- ‘He reined his roan mare and fell behind his master.’
- ‘Milo's steed, a roan stallion with a flaxen mane and tail, looked at her with ears pricked up.’
- ‘‘I don't see the gray man you described or a roan pinto though,’ Biagio said.’
- ‘Liszt bit his lower lip, readying his roan horse for the long trip ahead.’
- ‘A stableboy met them with a roan pony, sleek and comfortably saddled.’
- ‘As the lead donkey, a roan stallion came within a hundred paces of the gate, it stopped and the animals began to bunch up behind him.’
- ‘A townsman appeared in the door as we approached, leading one of the roan Belgians out onto the road.’
- ‘Sullivan shouted as the roan pinto plummeted from sight.’
- ‘Outside, the lawman's saddle was already on a fine looking roan mare.’
An animal with a roan coat.‘the roan on the right is a stallion’
- ‘In the last couple of days, has anyone come into town riding a roan with a Collins & Morrison saddle?’
- ‘The newcomers are roans with white faces and each has four white stockings.’
- ‘Sullivan took his buckskin mare's reins and ran a fond hand over the animal's forehead as he eyed the roan.’
- ‘Unicorns of nearly every shade passed her eyes; there was a bay, a beautiful roan, a chestnut, and a unicorn black in color.’
- ‘Charlie left town on his roan with the palomino and a donkey laden down with supplies.’
- ‘The roan reminded me of him, and I recalled fondly how fast his legs had been, and how I had yearned to gallop him to faraway lands, but hadn't known where to go.’
- ‘There were two horses under the oak where Bryony had left Drake and she immediately recognized the second as Driscoll's roan.’
- ‘As if on cue, the chestnut roan he had given her to ride stomped its hoof in agreement, undoubtedly tired and hungry herself.’
- ‘Hirshall kicked the big roan on, and Joe's shorter legged mare was suddenly hard put to to keep up.’
- ‘Chuckling at the raised eyebrow from the pretty girl sitting astride the chestnut roan, he replied to her unasked question.’
- ‘The roan the girl was riding snorted and pulled back it's ears in protest.’
- ‘His horse was an old roan he'd had since, well, about forever.’
Mid 16th century: from Old French, of unknown origin.
Soft flexible leather made from sheepskin, used in bookbinding as an inexpensive substitute for morocco.as modifier ‘books in contemporary half roan gilt’
Early 19th century: perhaps from Roan, the old name of the French town of Rouen.
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