rufous

[ roo-fuh s ]
/ ˈru fəs /
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adjective

reddish; tinged with red; brownish red.

Nearby words

  1. ruffle someone's feathers,
  2. ruffled,
  3. ruffler,
  4. rufisque,
  5. rufiyaa,
  6. rufous hummingbird,
  7. rufter hood,
  8. rufus,
  9. rug,
  10. rug rat

Origin of rufous

1775–85; < Latin rūf(us) red1 + -ous

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British Dictionary definitions for rufous

rufous

/ (ˈruːfəs) /

adjective

reddish-brown

Word Origin for rufous

C18: from Latin rūfus

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Word Origin and History for rufous

rufous

adj.

"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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Medicine definitions for rufous

rufous

[ rōōfəs ]

adj.

Strong yellowish pink to moderate orange; reddish.

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