- a red variety of ocher, used for marking sheep, coloring, etc.
- to mark or color with ruddle.
Origin of ruddle
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Ruddle, however, saw the boy, and was convinced of his sincerity.
The stone, of a red colour, was probably of a material impregnated with the red called “ruddle,” a colour never to be washed out.The Cries of London
John Thomas Smith
These rude stones are very often smeared with ruddle or red ochre.
Lemnian earth, ruddle, and very many minerals do this, and yet they are fatuously said to attract.On the magnet, magnetick bodies also, and on the great magnet the earth
William Gilbert of Colchester
However, Ruddle promised to call on the old gentleman, whose name was Bligh, and whose house was Botathan.
raddle or reddle
- a red ochre, used esp to mark sheep
- (tr) to mark (sheep) with ruddle
C16: diminutive formed from Old English rudu redness; see rudd
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