Definitions

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

  • adj. Tinged with red.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Reddish; tinged with red.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Reddish; tinged with red.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Tending to be rufous; somewhat rufous, or verging toward a dull-red color.

Etymologies

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)
C 1820, from Latin rufescens, present participle of rufescere ("to become reddish"), from rufus ("red") (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • 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.

    Area de Conservación Guanacaste, Costa Rica

  • 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.

    Gulf of Guayaquil-Tumbes mangroves

  • The rufescent ant has lost even the very power of feeding itself.

    Falling in Love With Other Essays on More Exact Branches of Science

  • 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.

    Falling in Love With Other Essays on More Exact Branches of Science

  • Eggs three or four, rosy or faint purplish white, thickly sprinkled with specks and spots of darker rufescent purple or claret colour.

    The Nests and Eggs of Indian Birds, Volume 1

  • 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.

    The Nests and Eggs of Indian Birds, Volume 1

  • -- Deep blackish brown, very slightly rufescent in certain lights; tail slender, nearly naked, very slightly attenuated, compressed at the tip.

    Natural History of the Mammalia of India and Ceylon

  • -- 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.

    Natural History of the Mammalia of India and Ceylon

  • 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).

    Natural History of the Mammalia of India and Ceylon

  • 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

    Natural History of the Mammalia of India and Ceylon

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