a European, freshwater fish, Scardinius erythrophthalmus, of the carp family.

1600–10; apparently special use of rud redness (now dial.), Middle English rude, Old English rudu; cf. red1, ruddy Unabridged
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rudd (rʌd)
a European freshwater cyprinid fish, Scardinius erythrophthalmus, having a compressed dark greenish body and reddish ventral and tail fins
[C17: probably from dialect rud red colour, from Old English rudu redness]

Rudd (rʌd)
1.  Kevin. born 1957, Australian politician: leader of the Australian Labor Party from 2005; prime minister from 2007
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(Scardinius erythrophthalmus), stout-bodied freshwater sport fish of the carp family, Cyprinidae, similar to the related roach, but more golden, with yellow-orange eyes, deep red fins, and a sharp-edged belly. The rudd is widely distributed in Europe and Asia Minor and has been introduced into the United States, where it is called American, or pearl, roach. It is a schooling fish that frequents thickly planted, reedy lakes and slow rivers and eats plants, small animals, and insects. Maximum length and weight are about 35-40 centimetres (14-16 inches) and 1-2 kilograms (2-4 12 pounds)

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