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Cite this: eDIL s.v. rúan or
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n (variant form of 4 rúam, but see Sprache xl 208 ) a plant producing red colouring matter : rúan lus dobeir cucht fair . . . co mbi derg de, Cóir Anm. 134 . Corm. Y 1094 (ruain = ruam, LB): in both exx. given as explanation of ruanaid. ruain `a kind of plant that gives a reddish tinge', O'R. ? Compd : Ri ro rann ruandath os leirg . . . i ndib rannaib derbdai déc ruddy colour (?), SR 205 ; the second line seems to refer to the zodiacal signs. Cf. 1 rúanaid.