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

Definition of rufous

Examples of rufous in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Spring also brings the gloriously beautiful Allen’s or rufous hummingbirds that are quite similar but most distinctive by their brilliant red throats. San Diego Union-Tribune, 30 Apr. 2022 And even in the summer, rufous hummingbirds are usually found on the West Coast. Washington Post, 29 Dec. 2021 The rufous hummingbirds should not be far behind them. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, 24 Sep. 2021 Migrating rufous, ruby-throated, and black-chinned hummingbirds compete for access to the blooms. Calvin Finch,, 1 Oct. 2020 Some of the rufous hummingbirds are still in area neighborhoods and often stay all winter. Calvin Finch,, 1 Jan. 2021 Our neighborhood in the Medical Center area is usually blessed with a winter resident rufous hummingbird. Calvin Finch,, 24 Sep. 2020 The migrating black-chinned, ruby-throated and rufous hummingbirds compete for access to the feeders. Calvin Finch,, 20 Aug. 2020 Another unusual behavior by the rufous hummingbirds is the inclination of some birds every year to linger here in San Antonio for the winter. Calvin Finch,, 24 Sep. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of rufous

1782, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rufous

Latin rufus red — more at red

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“Rufous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2022.

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