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ruddle

[ruhd-l] /ˈrʌd l/
noun
1.
a red variety of ocher, used for marking sheep, coloring, etc.
verb (used with object), ruddled, ruddling.
2.
to mark or color with ruddle.
Also, raddle, reddle.
Origin of ruddle
1530-1540
1530-40; dial. rud (see rudd) + -le
Related forms
unruddled, adjective
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ruddle

/ˈrʌdəl/
noun
1.
a red ochre, used esp to mark sheep
verb
2.
(transitive) to mark (sheep) with ruddle
Word Origin
C16: diminutive formed from Old English rudu redness; see rudd
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