One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Of a dull brick-red colour.‘the ground colour is testaceous to pale rufous’
- ‘The specimen before me has the same part of a dull testaceous color, being not at all conspicuous and in feeble contrast with the black ground color.’
- ‘The three specimens in the UNIMAS Collection examined slightly varied in the coloration of tibiae from dark testaceous to fulvous, two specimens have a yellowish femora and darker brownish tibiae.’
Mid 17th century: from Latin testaceus (from testa ‘tile’) + -ous.
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