One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A coat of russet cloth or colour, typically worn by a humble or rustic person.
2A country person, a peasant; a homely or unsophisticated person. Now rare.
3A russet apple. Also: the skin of such an apple; the covering of russet on the skin of an apple or pear.
Late Middle English; earliest use found in Arthur. From russet + coat.
russet coat/ˌrʌsɪt ˈkəʊt/
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