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ru•fous  (ro̅o̅fəs),USA pronunciation adj. 
  1. reddish;
    tinged with red;
    brownish red.
  • Latin rūf(us) red1 + -ous
  • 1775–85

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rufous /ˈruːfəs/ adj
  1. reddish-brown
Etymology: 18th Century: from Latin rūfus

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