Definition of ferruginous
1 : of, relating to, or containing iron a ferruginous soil
2 : resembling iron rust in color
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The ferruginous pygmy owl is a regular predator of small birds, while the burrowing owl only snags birds very rarely and instead focuses its hunting efforts on insects and other arthropods.
Ferrets, tiger salamanders, burrowing owls and ferruginous hawks also rely on prairie dog burrows for cover.
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Origin and Etymology of ferruginous
Latin ferrugineus, ferruginus, from ferrugin-, ferrugo iron rust, from ferrum
First Known Use: circa 1661See Words from the same year
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