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[roo-fuh s]
  1. reddish; tinged with red; brownish red.
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Origin of rufous

1775–85; < Latin rūf(us) red1 + -ous
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Historical Examples of rufous

  • Does Rufous travel from one tree to another, or does he live in just one tree?

    The Burgess Animal Book for Children

    Thornton W. Burgess

  • The general colour of this antelope is dun, with a rufous tinge.

    The Bush Boys

    Captain Mayne Reid

  • The upper part of the head, neck, and between the wings, rufous.

  • The larger one is known as the rufous and the smaller one as the spotted tinamou.

  • This variety is not as rufous on the sides as the more northern one.

    The Bird Book

    Chester A. Reed

British Dictionary definitions for rufous


  1. reddish-brown
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Word Origin for rufous

C18: from Latin rūfus
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Word Origin and History for rufous


"reddish-brown," 1782, from Latin rufus "red, reddish, red-haired," from Osco-Umbrian cognate of Latin ruber "red" (see red (adj.1)).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

rufous in Medicine


  1. Strong yellowish pink to moderate orange; reddish.
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