ru·​fous ˈrü-fəs How to pronounce rufous (audio)

Examples of rufous in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Next month, their close cousins the rufous hummingbirds will follow, diminutive little birds with rusty red on their flanks and reddish backs. Jack Gedney, The Mercury News, 15 Jan. 2024 Johnson said rufous hummingbird migrations can take them close to 4,000 miles between Alaska and Mexico each fall and spring. Brian Broom, USA TODAY, 29 Aug. 2023 Another species of hummingbird, the rare rufous hummingbird, is sometimes spotted in Ohio during late fall and winter months. Victoria Moorwood, The Enquirer, 10 Apr. 2023 There’s a rufous hummingbird, sparrow and robin. Scott McMurren, Anchorage Daily News, 4 Dec. 2021 The rufous fantail is no more. Ed Yong, Discover Magazine, 30 Jan. 2012 These species, none of which are currently listed under the Federal Endangered Species Act, include the rufous hummingbird, golden-winged warbler and black-footed albatross. Paul A. Smith, Journal Sentinel, 16 Oct. 2022 Since removing the cats and foxes, Faulkner’s team has also begun releasing other imperiled native species into the same habitat, including Parma wallabies, long-nosed bandicoots, long-nosed potoroos, and rufous bettongs. Jason Bittel, National Geographic, 5 Oct. 2020 In humans, complete loss of function for Tyrp1 is known to cause rufous albinism. Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 31 Aug. 2011 See More

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Word History


Latin rufus red — more at red

First Known Use

1782, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of rufous was in 1782

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“Rufous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

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