[roo-bes-uh nt]


becoming red; blushing.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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literary reddening; blushing
Derived Formsrubescence, noun

Word Origin for rubescent

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




Turning red; reddening.
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