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ruffe

ruff

noun
  1. a European freshwater teleost fish, Acerina cernua, having a single spiny dorsal fin: family Percidae (perches)Also called: pope
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Word Origin

C15: perhaps an alteration of rough (referring to its scales)
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Examples from the Web for ruffe

Historical Examples

  • The female is called a Reeve without any ruffe about the neck, lesser then the other & hardly to bee got.

    Notes and Letters on the Natural History of Norfolk

    Thomas Browne

  • Why then he is ruffe low, a ruffian, a bold adventurous errand to do any rough service for his Lady.

  • The ruffe or pope (Acerina vulgaris) is a little fish common in the Thames and many other slow-flowing English rivers.

  • The female is called a Reeve without any ruffe about the neck, lesser then the other and hardly to bee got.