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Originally appearing in Volume V23, Page 394 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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ROAN (0. Fr. rouan, rouen; Ital. roano, rovano; perhaps connected with rufus, red), a word applied to a variety of colour in an animal's coat, especially that of a horse, where there is a mixture of grey or white hair with the prevailing tint of bay, chestnut or sorrel. A sorrel when thus modified is either a strawberry-roan or a cream-roan. The term is also used of a soft, flexible kind of leather made of sheepskin, used in bookbinding as a substitute for or in imitation of morocco; but in this sense the origin is doubtful.
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