rufescent

[ roo-fes-uh nt ]
/ ruˈfɛs ənt /

adjective

somewhat reddish; tinged with red; rufous.

Nearby words

  1. rue anemone,
  2. rue family,
  3. rueful,
  4. ruefully,
  5. rufen,
  6. ruff,
  7. ruffe,
  8. ruffed,
  9. ruffed grouse,
  10. ruffian

Origin of rufescent

1810–20; < Latin rūfēscent- (stem of rūfēscēns, present participle of rūfēscere to redden), equivalent to rūf(us) red1, tawny + -ēsc- inchoative suffix + -ent- -ent

Related formsru·fes·cence, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for rufescent

rufescent

/ (ruːˈfɛsənt) /

adjective

botany tinged with red or becoming red
Derived Formsrufescence, noun

Word Origin for rufescent

C19: from Latin rūfescere to grow reddish, from rūfus red, auburn

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