ruddle

ruddle

[ruhd-l]
noun
1.
a red variety of ocher, used for marking sheep, coloring, etc.
verb (used with object), ruddled, ruddling.
2.
to mark or color with ruddle.
Also, raddle, reddle.


Origin:
1530–40; dial. rud (see rudd) + -le

unruddled, adjective
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ruddle, raddle or reddle (ˈrʌdəl)
 
n
1.  a red ochre, used esp to mark sheep
 
vb
2.  (tr) to mark (sheep) with ruddle
 
[C16: diminutive formed from Old English rudu redness; see rudd]
 
raddle, raddle or reddle
 
n
 
vb
 
[C16: diminutive formed from Old English rudu redness; see rudd]
 
reddle, raddle or reddle
 
n
 
vb
 
[C16: diminutive formed from Old English rudu redness; see rudd]

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