ru·​bi·​ous ˈrü-bē-əs How to pronounce rubious (audio)
: red, ruby

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The front of my foot was distorted — huge and rubious with gout, the swelling shiny-skinned with tightness. Paul Theroux, Town & Country, 17 June 2013

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1616, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of rubious was circa 1616

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Cite this Entry

“Rubious.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2022.

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