[roo-fes-uh nt]


somewhat reddish; tinged with red; rufous.

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

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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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