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ruddle

[ ruhd-l ]
/ ˈrʌd l /
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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.

RELATED WORDS

pink, tint, suffuse, mantle, color, rose, rouge, bloody, paint, rubric, flush, crimson, dye, rust, glow, rubify, rubricate, incarnadine, ruddy, pinken

Nearby words

rudderhead, rudderless, rudderpost, rudderstock, ruddevator, ruddle, ruddleman, ruddock, ruddy, ruddy duck, ruddy turnstone
Also raddle, reddle.

Origin of ruddle

1530–40; dial. rud (see rudd) + -le
Related formsun·rud·dled, adjective
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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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