- somewhat reddish; tinged with red; rufous.
Origin of rufescent
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The gills are notched, crowded, pallid or rufescent, narrow.
The gills are annulato-adnexed, distant, rufescent with a yellow tinge.
The rufescent ant has lost even the very power of feeding itself.Falling in Love
Similar to No. 758, but back, tail, and flanks without brownish or rufescent tinge.Color Key to North American Birds
Frank M. Chapman
Above dusky slate colour with rufescent tips to the fur; beneath paler, with a faint rufous tinge about the breast (Jerdon).Natural History of the Mammalia of India and Ceylon
Robert A. Sterndale
- botany tinged with red or becoming red
C19: from Latin rūfescere to grow reddish, from rūfus red, auburn
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