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A fictitious surname used for an unknown or anonymous person or for a hypothetical person in an illustration.

A lawsuit is generally named for the persons who are parties to it. When the name of a party is unknown, the court clerk may direct that the person be called a fictitious name in the papers of the lawsuit. This also may be done to hide the identity of a person who would needlessly suffer if his name were known—for example, the name of a parent who is giving up a child for Adoption or the name of a juvenile charged with a crime.

Frequently used fictitious party names include Richard Roe, Mary Roe, and john doe.

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Changes in fish roe imports by item Units: volume = ton, value = Y= million
The one tree at the top of the island was covered in fish roe still drying, and there were some large tiger roe and other dried roe, laying packed in bags under the tree.
Very high in fat and calories, but the fish roe has lots of vitamin B12
Contains more than the RDA of vitamin B12 per serving in the fish roe.
The Eskimo diet, composed largely of fish, fish roe and marine animals, including seal oil and blubber, allowed Eskimo mothers to produce one sturdy baby after another without suffering any health problems or tooth decay.
There are many similar gems, including an explanation of some rare delicacies such as sea urchin roe, salmon caviar, halibut cheeks, and flying fish roe.
Avoid foods highest in purines: organ meats, herring, sardines, mussels, anchovies, fish roe, broths, gravies and meat stock.
Tapas fanatics should head for the Waterfront Cafe in a restored coral limestone warehouse on Bridgetown's inner harbour, where the young and gorgeous chow down on fish melts, batter fried flying fish roe, and lime squash while listening to smooth jazz.
Extraction of fish roe for food is a common practice worldwide and includes a diverse array of fish families.
s proposal, which sought to regulate, not ban, the amounts of colorings used in foodstuffs, quite specifically included "fish and crustaceous pastes, fish roe, salmon substitute, surimi, smoked and preserved fish.
Our bowl of rice came topped with Shikabe's famous tarako or fish roe.