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Definition of russet

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : coarse homespun usually reddish-brown cloth
2 : a reddish brown
3 : any of various apples having rough russet-colored skins
4 : a usually large elongated potato especially suited for baking



Definition of russet (Entry 2 of 2)

: of the color russet

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The rufous hummer is so named because of the russet or rust color on its face, flanks and tail. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, "Identifying hummingbirds that visit Bay Area backyards," 26 July 2019 The golden sand is littered with tiny russet tiles. David Degner, Smithsonian, "Two Tour Guides—One Israeli, One Palestinian—Offer a New Way to See the Holy Land," 9 July 2019 Combine the russet potato, onion, cabbage and cauliflower in a large bowl. Tara Duggan,, "Recipe: How to make golden pakoras just like Vik’s Chaat in Berkeley," 11 June 2019 Robust stands of oak arch over the footpath that’s lined with lupine and globs of russet basalt that confirm the hill’s volcanic origins. Mare Czinar, azcentral, "You'll probably have the summit to yourself on this shady summer hike," 7 June 2019 Many yummy fruits, russet potatoes, hearty grasses, and the Shasta daisy, a quadruple hybrid, were of his making. C.d. Wright, Harper's magazine, "Life’s a Beech," 10 Jan. 2019 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 So Sharolyn blends brown and yellow and black and white and red, and her final coats lighten and shade the Big Idaho Potato to burbank russet verisimilitude. Bill Manny, idahostatesman, "New Big Idaho Potato has AC, a mashed-potato interior and cushy digs for Spuddy Buddy," 20 June 2018 There’s also a hefty rectangular coffee table crafted from a single slab of red Languedoc marble, which the designer says reminds him of a raw piece of meat with its russet-and-white swirl pattern. Alicia Brunker, New York Times, "In His Paris Apartment, Alexis Mabille Creates a Singular Universe," 31 May 2018

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First Known Use of russet


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for russet


Middle English, from Anglo-French, from russet, adjective, russet, from rus, rous red, from Latin russus; akin to Latin ruber red — more at red

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: a reddish-brown color

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