from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Red ocherous iron ore, used in dyeing and marking.
- transitive v. To dye or mark with or as if with red ocher: ruddle sheep.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A form of red ochre sometimes used to mark sheep
- v. To mark something with red ochre
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To raddle or twist.
- n. A riddle or sieve.
- n. A species of red earth colored by iron sesquioxide; red ocher.
- transitive v. To mark with ruddle; to raddle; to rouge.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as reddle.
- n. . Ruddiness; redness.
- To mark with ruddle.
- n. A dialectal variant of riddle.
- To sift together; mix as through a sieve.
- To raddle; interweave; crossplait, as twigs or split sticks in making latticework or wattles.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a red iron ore used in dyeing and marking
- v. twist or braid together, interlace
- v. redden as if with a red ocher color
Probably diminutive of rud, red, from Middle English rudde, from Old English rudu; see reudh- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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