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Wednesday, June 07, 2000

rubicund

\ROO-bih-kund\ , adjective;
1.
Inclining to redness; ruddy; red.
Quotes:
The men are second cousins, around forty, resembling each other not very much, one taller and leaner, less rubicund than the other, who has just returned from California.
-- John Lukacs, A Thread of Years
Rubicund from his cocktail, big, broad, lustrous with power, he exuded what Walter Pater called the "charm of an exquisite character, felt in some way to be inseparable from his person."
-- Edmund Morris, Dutch: A Memoir of Ronald Reagan
Origin:
Rubicund comes from Latin rubicundus, "red, ruddy," from rubere, "to be red."
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