Meaning of rufescent in English:


Pronunciation /rʊˈfɛs(ə)nt/


mainly literary
  • Tinged with red.

    ‘The plumage nearly lacks gray or rufescent tones, and the undertail coverts have much paler bases that contrast less with the tips.’
    • ‘The Panama Canal watershed boasts 560 bird species including the rufescent tiger heron and chestnut-mandibled toucan.’
    scarlet, vermilion, ruby, ruby red, ruby-coloured, cherry, cherry red, cerise, cardinal, carmine, wine, wine red, wine-coloured, claret, claret red, claret-coloured, blood red


Early 19th century from Latin rufescent- ‘becoming reddish’, from the verb rufescere, from rufus ‘reddish’.