\ ˈrō How to pronounce roe (audio) \
plural roe or roes

Definition of roe

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: doe

Definition of roe (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the eggs of a fish especially when still enclosed in the ovarian membrane
2 : the eggs or ovaries of an invertebrate (such as the coral of a lobster)

First Known Use of roe

Noun (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for roe

Noun (1)

Middle English ro, from Old English ; akin to Old High German rēh roe

Noun (2)

Middle English roof, roughe, row; akin to Old Norse hrogn roe and probably to Lithuanian kurkulai frog's eggs

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“Roe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/roe. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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Kids Definition of roe

: the eggs of a fish especially while still held together in a membrane

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