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ferruginous

[fuh-roo-juh-nuh s]
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adjective
  1. Geology. iron-bearing: ferruginous clays.
  2. of the color of iron rust.
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Origin of ferruginous

1655–65; < Latin ferrūginus rust-colored, derivative of ferrūgin-, stem of ferrūgō iron-rust, derivative of ferrum iron; see -ous
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Examples from the Web for ferruginous

Historical Examples

  • There are sandstones, shales, and grits, with ferruginous joints.

    British Borneo

    W. H. Treacher

  • The body is dusky indigo blue; the tail and abdomen are ferruginous.

  • The hind wings on this side are ferruginous, mottled with purple.

    The Butterfly Book

    William Jacob Holland

  • The hind wings are ferruginous on the under side, mottled with yellow.

    The Butterfly Book

    William Jacob Holland

  • On the under side the fore wings are fulvous, tipped with ferruginous.

    The Butterfly Book

    William Jacob Holland


British Dictionary definitions for ferruginous

ferruginous

adjective
  1. (of minerals, rocks, etc) containing irona ferruginous clay
  2. rust-coloured
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Word Origin

C17: from Latin ferrūgineus of a rusty colour, from ferrūgō iron rust, from ferrum iron
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ferruginous in Medicine

ferruginous

(fə-rōōjə-nəs)
adj.
  1. Associated with or containing iron.
  2. Having the color of iron rust; reddish-brown.
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