- reddish; tinged with red; brownish red.
Origin of rufous
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Examples from the Web for 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.Zoological Illustrations, Volume I
The larger one is known as the rufous and the smaller one as the spotted tinamou.The Gold Diggings of Cape Horn
John R. Spears
This variety is not as rufous on the sides as the more northern one.The Bird Book
Chester A. Reed
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)).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Strong yellowish pink to moderate orange; reddish.
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