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russet

[ruhs-it] /ˈrʌs ɪt/
noun
1.
yellowish brown, light brown, or reddish brown.
2.
a coarse reddish-brown or brownish homespun cloth formerly used for clothing.
3.
any of various apples that have a rough brownish skin and ripen in the autumn.
4.
a brownish, roughened area on fruit, resulting from diseases, insects, or spraying.
6.
finished leather that is not yet polished or colored.
adjective
7.
yellowish-brown, light-brown, or reddish-brown.
8.
made of russet.
Origin
1225-1275
1225-75; Middle English < Old French rousset, diminutive of rous reddish brown, red (of hair); see roux
Related forms
russetish, russety, adjective
russetlike, adjective
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  • Muted hues of goldenrod, russet, and copper amidst the ever diminishing green.
  • At harvest time vineyards seen from distances resemble russet and golden patchwork quilts.
British Dictionary definitions for russet

russet

/ˈrʌsɪt/
noun
1.
brown with a yellowish or reddish tinge
2.
  1. a rough homespun fabric, reddish-brown in colour, formerly in use for clothing
  2. (as modifier): a russet coat
3.
any of various apples with rough brownish-red skins
4.
abnormal roughness on fruit, caused by parasites, pesticides, or frost
adjective
5.
(of tanned hide leather) dressed ready for staining
6.
(archaic) simple; homely; rustic: a russet life
7.
of the colour russet: russet hair
Derived Forms
russety, adjective
Word Origin
C13: from Anglo-Norman, from Old French rosset, from rous, from Latin russus; related to Latin ruber red
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Word Origin and History for russet
n.

mid-13c., "cloth of reddish-brown color," also (early 15c.) the color of this, from Old French rousset, from rosset (adj.) "reddish," diminutive of ros, rous "red," from Latin russus, which is related to ruber "red," from PIE *reudh- "red" (see red (adj.1)). As an adjective from late 14c. The word was applied to a type of apples first in 1620s, to a type of pears 1725.

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