red·​dish | \ ˈre-dish \

Definition of reddish

: tinged with red

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reddishness noun

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This effect gives the moon its reddish tint during an eclipse. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "Everything To Know About the January 2019 Lunar Eclipse," 12 Oct. 2018 The leaves of oak trees, for example, turn reddish brown or russet. Brian Resnick, Vox, "When and where fall foliage colors will peak, in one map," 13 Oct. 2018 The red tide is made up of a huge concentration of a type of algae, Karenia brevis, that turns the water a reddish-brown or green color and creates chemicals that attack the nervous system of marine life. Sebastian Modak, Condé Nast Traveler, "Florida Hit By Worst 'Red Tide' Bloom in Over a Decade," 3 Aug. 2018 That’s a very different landscape from today’s dunes of reddish sand, and the ratios of oxygen-18 to other oxygen isotopes in the tooth enamel of the Ti’s al Ghadah fossils suggest a much wetter climate in the Nefud of 300,000 years ago. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Archaeologists find 300,000-year-old stone tools in Saudi Arabia," 29 Oct. 2018 Where the Naked3 has brownish pinks and plums covered, Cherry leans into peach on the lighter end, and reddish purples on the darker. Rachel Nussbaum, Glamour, "The Swatches for Urban Decay's Naked Cherry Palette Are Drop-Dead Gorgeous," 4 Sep. 2018 Avoid asparagus rust, which produces reddish brown spots on the stems and leaves, by planting resistant cultivars. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow Garden-Fresh Asparagus," 19 Aug. 2018 Across Africa, people turned to the sky, watching the reddish shadow slide up the moon's surface. Fox News, "Complete lunar eclipse begins, the longest of this century," 27 July 2018 That's a trick question: Because the planet is visible to the naked eye, humans have been watching our rusty neighbor for thousands of years, and there's no way to track down the name of the long-dead observer who first noticed its reddish glow. Meghan Bartels,, "Who Discovered Mars, Anyway? A Look Back at the History of the Red Planet," 27 July 2018

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First Known Use of reddish

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of reddish

: somewhat red


red·​dish | \ ˈre-dish \

Kids Definition of reddish

: somewhat red

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tremendous in size, volume, or degree

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