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rufous

[roo-fuh s] /ˈru fəs/
adjective
1.
reddish; tinged with red; brownish red.
Origin of rufous
1775-1785
1775-85; < Latin rūf(us) red1 + -ous
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  • Here I also saw my first mountain bluebird, whose back and breast are wholly blue, there being no rufous at all in his plumage.

    Birds of the Rockies Leander Sylvester Keyser
  • Does rufous travel from one tree to another, or does he live in just one tree?

  • It is distinguished by the wing coverts being spotted with rufous and black.

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

  • She deposits five to eight eggs of a white or creamy-white ground-color, speckled with rufous and lavender.

    Our Bird Comrades Leander S. (Leander Sylvester) Keyser
  • The nests of the White-shafted and rufous Fantails are things of beauty.

    An Australian Bird Book John Albert Leach
  • Nuthatches are those blue-backed, white or rufous breasted little climbers who spend their lives defying the law of gravity.

    The Log of the Sun William Beebe
  • He took it for P. thoracica, from which it differs in its rufous rump.

  • The rufous abdomen serves to differentiate the rufous-bellied from the Western Himalayan species.

  • The primary and secondary quill feathers are yellowish, with a tinge of rufous.

    Poultry Hugh Piper
British Dictionary definitions for rufous

rufous

/ˈruːfəs/
adjective
1.
reddish-brown
Word Origin
C18: from Latin rūfus
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Word Origin and History for 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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rufous in Medicine

rufous ru·fous (rōō'fəs)
adj.
Strong yellowish, pink to moderate orange; reddish.

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