from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Strong yellowish pink to moderate orange; reddish.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. of a red, reddish colour
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Reddish; of a yellowish red or brownish red color; tawny.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of a dull-red color; red but somewhat deficient in chroma: thus, a bay or chestnut horse is rufous; Venetian red is rufous. It enters into the specific name of many animals, technically called rufus, rufescens, etc.
The remaining laughing-thrushes are known as the rufous-chinned
Among the Rocky Mountains, and especially on the western side of the range, there dwells another little hummer called the rufous humming-bird, because the prevailing color of his plumage is reddish, and between this family and the broad-tails there exists a bitter feud.
There are words to represent these different grades of color, such as 'rufous' for reddish-brown and 'fuscous' for dusky-brown; these you must learn later on, for some of them are pretty hard ones.
The head and bib were a dark, rufous brown, the underside pale.
A rufous fly-catcher is hunting for his breakfast under the verandah roof because there are no insects out in the rain.
A red kite was right in front of me in a gaunt old ash tree; it was a raptor of considerable size, with mottled brown and rufous plumage and a distinctive forked tail.
This cisticola has a black back thus its alternative common name with rufous wing panels and a grey tail with prominent sub-terminal spots and white tips on the retrices.
A rufous hummingbird just flew up and investigated her red and pink hat hoping it was some kind of wonderful huge flower.
The Serranía del Darién is home to many endemic species such as the rufous-cheeked hummingbird Geothalsia bella and violet-capped hummingbird Goldmania violiceps and the frog Rhamphophyrne acrolopha.
Birds found here and in only few other places include white-bellied seedeaters Sporophila leucoptera, grassland yellow-finches Sicalis luteola, chalk-browed mockingbirds Mimus saturninus, tropical peewees Contopus cinereus, rufous-throated antbirds Gymnopithys rufigula, black-breasted puffbirds Notharchus pectoralis, and plain-bellied emeralds Amazilia leucogaster.