Definition of rufous in English:

rufous

Line breaks: ruf¦ous
Pronunciation: /ˈruːfəs
 
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adjective

  • Reddish brown in colour: handsome rufous plumage
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    • Karl Vernes' current interest is in a small rufous bettong colony that lives in the New England region of northern NSW.
    • Males in breeding plumage are unmistakable with their dark blue color, rufous sides and crown, and striking white patterning on the face, neck, sides, and back.
    • The adult in breeding plumage is mottled black-and-brown, with little or no rufous coloration.

noun

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  • A reddish-brown colour: pale southern races of peregrine have some rufous on nape
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    • This large, long-tailed flycatcher has a pale yellow belly, gray breast and head, and rufous on its wings and tail.

Origin

late 18th century: from Latin rufus 'red, reddish' + -ous.

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