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First published 1968 (SND Vol. VII).
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RONE, n.3 Also rhone, roan; and dim. ronnie. A sheet or patch of ice on the surface of the ground (Sc. 1808 Jam.; ‡ne.Sc. 1968); specif. a slide on ice made by children. [ro:n]ne.Sc. 1759 Session Papers, Brebner v. Sutherland (20 Nov.) 19:
The Road being slippery and full of Roans of Ice.
Mry. 1813 W. Leslie Agric. Mry. 463:
Roan . . . Ice, where there is no water under it.
Abd. 1851 W. Anderson Rhymes 74:
He slippit his foot on a rone i' the brae.
Bnff. c.1860 W. Barclay Schools Bnff. (1925) 250:
When winter came “skutchin” was a favourite recreation of the loons and the girls too. Our rhone was a frozen moss pot.
Kcd. 1893 Stonehaven Journal (5 Jan.) 3:
Roans — that wus the name the slides were kent bi.
Abd. 1958 Huntly Express (28 Jan.):
The girls had lingered to play with some other children who were sliding on a “ronnie”.

[O.Sc. rone, id., 1535. Orig. obscure. Poss. also orig. from run (see note to Rone, n.1). For u > o cf. ronnet, Runnet.]

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