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[roo-bes-uh nt]
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  1. becoming red; blushing.
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Origin of rubescent

1725–35; < Latin rubēscent- (stem of rubēscēns, present participle of rubēscere to redden), equivalent to rub(ēre) to be red (derivative of ruber red; see ruby) + -ēsc- inchoative suffix + -ent- -ent
Related formsru·bes·cence, noun
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Historical Examples

  • A shaft of noonday sunlight, coming through a side window, struck his hair and made a rubescent halo around his freckled face.

    McClure's Magazine, Vol. XXXI, September 1908, No. 5


British Dictionary definitions for rubescent


  1. literary reddening; blushing
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Derived Formsrubescence, noun

Word Origin

C18: from Latin rubescere to grow red, from ruber red
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rubescent in Medicine


  1. Turning red; reddening.
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