American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Tinged with red.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Tending to be rufous; somewhat rufous, or verging toward a dull-red color.
- adj. Reddish; tinged with red.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Reddish; tinged with red.
- C 1820, from Latin rufescens, present participle of rufescere ("to become reddish"), from rufus ("red") (Wiktionary)
- Latin rūfēscēns, rūfēscent-, present participle of rūfēscere, to become red, from rūfus, red, reddish; see reudh- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Among the bird species the following are the commonest: military macaw Ara militaris (VU), rufescent tinamu Crypturellus cinnamomeus, spot‑bellied bobwhite Colinus leucopogon, great curassow Crax rubra, crested guan Penelope purpurascens, blue‑winged teal Anas discors, roseate spoonbill Ajaia ajaja, thick knee Burhinus bistriatus, jabiru Jabiru mycteria (VU), ibis Eudocimus albus and laughing falcon Herpetotheres cachinans.”
“Also a great variety of tropical marine birds including rufescent tiger-heron (Tigrisoma lineatum), wood stork (Mycteria americana), and horned screamer (Anhima cornuta) are just a few species present in this ecoregion, not to mention invertebrates such as shrimp, crabs and mollusks.”
“The rufescent ant has lost even the very power of feeding itself.”
“The rufescent ant, in fact, is a purely military caste, which has devoted itself entirely to the pursuit of arms, leaving every other form of activity to its slaves and dependents.”
“Eggs three or four, rosy or faint purplish white, thickly sprinkled with specks and spots of darker rufescent purple or claret colour.”
“The eggs are usually three in number, of a rosy or purplish white, sprinkled over rather numerously with deep claret or rufescent purple specks and spots.”
“-- Deep blackish brown, very slightly rufescent in certain lights; tail slender, nearly naked, very slightly attenuated, compressed at the tip.”
“-- Above sub-rufescent cat-grey, washed with blackish brown on the back and sides and front of face, rufescent yellow beneath; the hind limbs more rufous; fur close, adpressed, rather harsh; tail with a black tip.”
“The hairs are tinged with three bands of dusky rufescent yellow and blackish-brown, the latter being most intense on the face, forehead, head and back (_see_ 'P.Z. S.' 1871, p. 560).”
“MUS AEQUICAUDALIS. of Hodgson, described in Horsfield's Catalogue as pure dark brown above, with a very slight cast of rufescent in a certain aspect; underneath from the chin to the vent, with interior of thighs, yellowish-white; ears nearly an inch long; head proportionately long”
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