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rufescent

[ roo-fes-uhnt ]
/ ruˈfɛs ənt /
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adjective
somewhat reddish; tinged with red; rufous.
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Origin of rufescent

First recorded in 1800–10; from Latin rūfescent- (stem of rūfescēns, present participle of rūfescere “to redden”), derivative of rūf(us) red1 “tawny”; see also -escent

OTHER WORDS FROM rufescent

ru·fes·cence, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for rufescent

rufescent
/ (ruːˈfɛsənt) /

adjective
botany tinged with red or becoming red

Derived forms of rufescent

rufescence, noun

Word Origin for rufescent

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