from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Unusual red pigmentation, as of hair or plumage.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Abnormal red colouration.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A condition of excessive redness. See erythrochroism.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In ornithology, a condition of dichromatism characterized by excess of red pigment in the plumage of birds which are normally brown, gray, etc.
  • n. In anthropology, redness of hair, generally combined with light complexion.
  • n. In zoology, the assumption of red in animals, in place of their ordinary coloration.


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  • Abnormal redness; as of plumage or hair

    December 24, 2008