reddish; tinged with red; brownish red.

1775–85; < Latin rūf(us) red1 + -ous Unabridged
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rufous (ˈruːfəs)
[C18: from Latin rūfus]

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Word Origin & History

"reddish-brown," 1782, from L. rufus "red, reddish, red-haired," from Osco-Umbrian cognate of L. ruber "red" (see red).
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Medical Dictionary

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

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Example sentences
Markings on underparts are less distinct on rufous morph birds.
Many birds such as the rufous hummingbird also use shrubs for nesting.
The wings and back are charcoal to dark brown with rufous patches at the shoulder.
Their crown and nape are a rufous-brown color and the back is dark brown with chestnut feather fringes and the rump is white.
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