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rufous

[roo-fuh s] /ˈru fəs/
adjective
1.
reddish; tinged with red; brownish red.
Origin
1775-1785
1775-85; < Latin rūf(us) red1 + -ous
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Examples from the web for rufous
  • Markings on underparts are less distinct on rufous morph birds.
  • Their crown and nape are a rufous-brown color and the back is dark brown with chestnut feather fringes and the rump is white.
  • Many birds such as the rufous hummingbird also use shrubs for nesting.
  • The underside is reddish brown and the nape is dark cinnamon rufous.
  • The wings and back are charcoal to dark brown with rufous patches at the shoulder.
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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