One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Tinged with red or rufous.
scarlet, vermilion, ruby, ruby-red, ruby-coloured, cherry, cherry-red, cerise, cardinal, carmine, wine, wine-red, wine-coloured, claret, claret-red, claret-coloured, blood-redView synonyms
- ‘The Panama Canal watershed boasts 560 bird species including the rufescent tiger heron and chestnut-mandibled toucan.’
- ‘The plumage nearly lacks gray or rufescent tones, and the undertail coverts have much paler bases that contrast less with the tips.’
Early 19th century: from Latin rufescent- ‘becoming reddish’, from the verb rufescere, from rufus ‘reddish’.
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