Definition of rubescent in English:

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Pronunciation: /rʊˈbɛs(ə)nt/


chiefly literary
Reddening; blushing: the heart, rubescent and entire
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  • On my fourth dive of the week, I rounded an outcrop at about 22m to be greeted by a view of a series of rocky pinnacles covered in gorgonians bathed in the rubescent sunlight of a late-autumn afternoon.


Mid 18th century: from Latin rubescent- 'reddening', from the verb rubescere, from ruber 'red'.

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