russet

[ruhs-it]
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:
1225–75; Middle English < Old French rousset, diminutive of rous reddish brown, red (of hair); see roux

russetish, russety, adjective
russetlike, adjective
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russet (ˈrʌsɪt)
 
n
1.  brown with a yellowish or reddish tinge
2.  a.  a rough homespun fabric, reddish-brown in colour, formerly in use for clothing
 b.  (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
 
adj
5.  (of tanned hide leather) dressed ready for staining
6.  archaic simple; homely; rustic: a russet life
7.  of the colour russet: russet hair
 
[C13: from Anglo-Norman, from Old French rosset, from rous, from Latin russus; related to Latin ruber red]
 
'russety
 
adj

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russet
c.1248, "cloth of reddish-brown color" (sense of the color itself is first recorded 1422), from O.Fr. rousset, from rosset (adj.) "reddish," dim. of ros, rous "red," from L. russus, related to ruber "red," from PIE *reudh- "red" (see red). As a color name, attested from 1532.
The word was first applied to a type of apples 1629, to a type of pears 1725.
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Example sentences
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.
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