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First published 1968 (SND Vol. VII).
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ROAN, adj. Also roan, ronn-. As in Eng.

Sc. comb. and derivs.: (1) rone-moose, the shrew, Sorex araneus castaneus (Ork. 1891 Buckley and Harvie-Brown Fauna Ork. 64); (2) roaned, -t, of a roan or variegated colour (Abd., sm.Sc. 1968). Obs. in Eng. A roaned cat, a tabby cat (Dmf. 1950); (3) roany, of a roan colouring, esp. reddish (Cai.9 1939). Used as a n. dim. for a small brown marble (Kcb. 1921 T.S.D.C., ronnie).(1) Abd. 1913 D. Scott Hum. Sc. Stories 23:
Ye'll pit a halter on ta the roant stirkie's neck, an' tak' it doon ta the market.

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"Roan adj.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 24 May 2024 <>



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