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Rufous ( /ˈrfəs/) is a color that may be described as reddish- brown or brownish- red, as of rust or oxidised iron. [1] The first recorded use of rufous as a color name in English was in 1782. [2] However, the color is also recorded earlier in 1527 as a diagnostic urine color. [3]

The word " rufous" is derived from the Latin rufus, meaning "red", and is used as an adjective in the names of many animals—especially birds—to describe the color of their skin, fur, or plumage. [4]

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  1. ^ "Color Me Rufous". 10,000 Birds. 19 January 2007. Retrieved 21 June 2018.
  2. ^ Maerz and Paul A Dictionary of Color New York:1930 McGraw-Hill Page 203; Color Sample of Rufous: Page 45 Plate 10 Color Sample A10
  3. ^ Anon., Here begineth the seinge of urynes. London, 1527; British Museum.
  4. ^ Department, United States War (1858). Reports of Explorations and Surveys: To Ascertain the Most Practicable and Economical Route for a Railroad from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean. A.O.P. Nicholson, Printer. p. 743.