Pronounced: ih-REZ-uh-look, adj

Notes: I could not properly define this, but you may know the word

Yesterday’s word

The word rufescent means “slightly reddish; tinged with red; rufous”

First usage

Our word came into English in the early 1800s

Background / Comments

No, I didn’t know the meaning of ‘rufous’ in the definition – it is nearly the same as our word, with only a slight variation of meaning: ‘rufous’ means “reddish”; our word means “slightly reddish”. Our word came from the Latin word rūfescent, when is a stem of rūfescēns, the present participle of the verb rūfescere (to redden), which is derived from the root word rūfus (red). The word ‘rufous’ came straight from this Latin root.

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