Definitions

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

  • adj. Turning red; reddening.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. turning red; reddening

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Growing or becoming red; tending to redness.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Growing or becoming red; tending to a red color; blushing.

Etymologies

Latin rubēscēns, rubēscent-, present participle of rubēscere, to grow red, inchoative of rubēre, to be red; see reudh- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Attested since at least 1730, from Latin rubescens, present participle of rubescere. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • It writhed down her arm, and its five rubescent flower heads thrust out toward the priestess — vibrating, quivering, held in leash only by the light touch of the handmaiden at its very end.

    The Moon Pool

  • The line of tail lights snaked over the hills and into the woods, the whole thing inching along like a rubescent worm.

    The Delicate Storm

  • The demon's rubescent eyes fixed malevolently on the mage.

    Conan The Victorious

  • From those gaping jaws a gout of rubescent flame swept across the captives.

    Conan The Magnificent

  • She wasn't a prude but she was a girl who hadn't until now allowed any man the privilege of such an intimacy, which the ruby-shaded lamps intensified, casting a rubescent glow over the turned-back sheets and lace counterpane of the big bed.

    A Girl Possessed

  • Dimly through rubescent veils, the others in the hall could glimpse his white, frozen features, fixed in a grimace of torment.

    Conan Of The Isles

  • It writhed down her arm, and its five rubescent flower heads thrust out toward the priestess -- vibrating, quivering, held in leash only by the light touch of the handmaiden at its very end.

    The Moon Pool

  • Then he could see the modest bookseller, somewhat clammy in his extremities and lost within his academic robe and hood, nervously fidgeting his mortar-board, haled forward by ushers, and tottering rubescent before the chancellor, provost, president (or whoever it might be) who hands out the diploma.

    The Haunted Bookshop

  • Guards, who was conspicuous in a uniform as rubescent as his patronymic.

    A belle of the fifties : memoirs of Mrs. Clay, of Alabama, covering social and political life in Washington and the South, 1853-66,

  • And I once a rubescent socialist ... best parlor type ...

    Black Oxen

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