Main definitions of roe in English

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roe1

noun

  • 1The mass of eggs contained in the ovaries of a female fish or shellfish, typically including the ovaries themselves, especially when ripe and used as food.

    • ‘Sturgeons have been prized for their roe since ancient times, and markets for caviar have increased rapidly in recent years.’
    • ‘A rice porridge called ciporosayo was prepared by adding salmon roe to boiled grains.’
    • ‘The state of California encouraged the fledgling industry in the 1970s when a lucrative market was found for sea urchin roe in Japan.’
    • ‘These boats stay on the water, processing fish as they're caught and dumping the roe from each fish into basins marked ‘beluga’ ‘osetra’ and ‘sevruga’.’
    • ‘Whereas pollock roe could be sold within a relatively short period of time, the rest of the production mainly consisted of finished fillets.’
    • ‘Increasing in popularity; the most affordable sturgeon roe has a small grain similar to Russian Sevruga.’
    • ‘The fish was poached in seaweed and served warm with a tomato concassé, caper berries and finished off with herring roe and a little wasabi.’
    • ‘I tried both the delicate, unsalty gravadlax and a tartare served with the roe and a very lemony asparagus salad.’
    • ‘You need smoked cod's roe, which many good fishmongers sell.’
    • ‘Thousands of tons of lumpfish are harvested for their roe and urchins for their gonads - both products prized on the Asian market.’
    1. 1.1The ripe testes of a male fish, especially when used as food.
      • ‘Add the sake to the codfish soft roe and mix to combine.’

Origin

Late Middle English: related to Middle Low German, Middle Dutch roge.

Main definitions of roe in English

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roe2

(also roe deer)

noun

  • A small Eurasian deer that lacks a visible tail and has a reddish summer coat that turns grayish in winter.

    • ‘Within an hour of setting off, he had shot a roe deer, skinned and cleaned it.’
    • ‘The reserve is home to not only goats, red deer, and boars but also brown bears, chamois, lynx, roe deer, and wolves, as well as numerous eagles and large vultures called lammergeiers.’
    • ‘He said the island is inhabited by hundreds of deer and roe deer but I saw none of them all the way.’
    • ‘She reminded Graham of the mother roe deer he sometimes saw hiding in the hedgerow as he cycled along.’
    • ‘The early miniature pinscher was called the reh pinscher, so named because Germans thought the dog resembled the small, nimble, red roe deer that populated their forests.’
    • ‘Hunters, in organised groups of three to four people, will be allowed to shoot mouflons, wild boars, roes, red deer and fallow deer at Christmas.’
    • ‘There have been sightings of roe deer in Bolton town centre, water voles on the streets of Wigan and bats in Manchester city centre.’
    • ‘A mixture of alder, cherry, oak and other native species has attracted red squirrels as well as roe deer, hares and kingfishers.’
    • ‘I was walking through the reserve the other day counting butterflies for the Trust and, lo and behold, I saw this young roe deer.’
    • ‘Roe Lee (the old name may have been lea) means fields where roe deer roamed.’
    • ‘They preyed on roe deer, red deer, and wild boar, but were also much loathed and dreaded for their depredations against livestock, especially sheep.’
    • ‘The only species occurring in East Lancashire is the roe deer.’
    • ‘He had seen nothing save roe deer and a few hares out feeding amid the early evening shadows.’
    • ‘Wolf, roe deer and wild boar roam these mountains and in the spring the capercaillie, king of the forest, screams his mating call.’
    • ‘The springtime calling of frogs had given way to the chirping of crickets and the distant barks of rutting roe deer.’
    • ‘At the end of the Anglo-Saxon period they were pursuing red deer and roe deer, animals which are all but absent in earlier bone assemblages.’
    • ‘Close to the thigh bone, archaeologists found a group of butchered Mesolithic animal bones, including aurochs, roe deer and otter.’
    • ‘The roe deer lives in southern Armenia and is readily fed upon by the leopard.’
    • ‘New tools and weapons were invented to hunt the animals of the forests such as red deer, roe deer, wild boar, and cattle.’
    • ‘Mammals such as weasels, foxes, stoats and especially roe deer can wander safely without the risk of being killed by traffic.’

Origin

Old English rā(ha), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch ree and German Reh.

Main definitions of roe in English

: roe1roe2

ROE

  • Rules of engagement (in combat)