ruddle

[ ruhd-l ]
/ ˈrʌd l /

noun

a red variety of ocher, used for marking sheep, coloring, etc.

verb (used with object), rud·dled, rud·dling.

to mark or color with ruddle.

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Origin of ruddle

1530–40; dial. rud (see rudd) + -le

OTHER WORDS FROM ruddle

un·rud·dled, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for ruddle

ruddle

raddle or reddle

/ (ˈrʌdəl) /

noun

a red ochre, used esp to mark sheep

verb

(tr) to mark (sheep) with ruddle

Word Origin for ruddle

C16: diminutive formed from Old English rudu redness; see rudd
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