One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Reddening; blushing.‘the heart, rubescent and entire’
red, pink, ruddy, glowing, reddish, pinkish, florid, high-coloured, healthy-looking, aglow, burning, flaming, feverish, rubicund, roseate, rosyView synonyms
- ‘On my fourth dive of the week, I rounded an outcrop at about 22m to be greeted by a view of a series of rocky pinnacles covered in gorgonians bathed in the rubescent sunlight of a late-autumn afternoon.’
Mid 18th century: from Latin rubescent- ‘reddening’, from the verb rubescere, from ruber ‘red’.
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