Roan

A reddish-brown. This is the Greek eruthron or eruthraeon; whence the Latin rufum. (The Welsh have rhudd; German, roth; Anglo-Saxon, rud; our ruddy.)

Roan

Barbary The famous charger of Richard II., which ate from his royal hand. (See Richard II.)

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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