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noun (1)

plural roe or roes
: doe


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noun (2)

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

Examples of roe in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
The bears eat the most fatty, calorie-dense parts of the fish—like the brain, skin, and roe—and leave the leaner fillets behind. Natalie Krebs, Outdoor Life, 16 Aug. 2023 And at the omakase restaurant the Araki in London, the chef Marty Lau slices white cuttlefish and squid into fine ribbons and tops them with a spoonful of golden roe. New York Times, 8 Aug. 2023 Water Grill will offer Kumamoto and Pacific oysters, along with the honeymoon oyster prepared with urchin lobe, salmon roe and two types of tobiko (flying fish roe), quail egg yolk and green onion. The San Diego Union-Tribune Staff, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Aug. 2023 Order that blasphemous crudo along with the punchy salad of sweet seasonal cucumbers, trout roe, and delicate flakes of whey granita, dressed in a bracingly green-tasting tarragon oil. Helen Rosner, The New Yorker, 31 July 2023 Meanwhile, with John sleeping in the bow, Viola peeled tiny Baltic shrimp for a snack piled on Swedish crispbread with mayonnaise and dollops of salty roe. Ingrid K. Williams, New York Times, 25 July 2023 My finger slid down the list of recipes designed for two: sautéed shad roe, intimate duckling dinner, veal kidneys in wine sauce. Adrienne Brodeur, Bon Appétit, 11 July 2023 As a waiter served me a glass of the crisp local Puro Rofe wine, the first plate appeared: a cold leche de tigre with psychedelic dollops of prawn roe and green drops of spicy cilantro mojo oil. Sarah Souli, Travel + Leisure, 4 June 2023 Bow serves up dinners like scallops with a cauliflower puree, quick pickled cucumbers, radish, microgreens and tobiko (a type of fish roe). Maureen MacKey, Fox News, 18 June 2023 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

Noun (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of roe was before the 12th century

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“Roe.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

Kids Definition


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

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