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18th century. From Latin erubescens, present participle erubescere (to grow red); e (out) + rubescere. See rubescent.



erubescent (comparative more erubescent, superlative most erubescent)

  1. red or reddish; blushing
    • 1848 November – 1850 December, William Makepeace Thackeray, chapter 54, in The History of Pendennis. [], volume (please specify |volume=I or II), London: Bradbury and Evans, [], published 1849–1850, OCLC 2057953:
      [T]he Major erubescent confounded the impudence of the young folks, and said when he had his hair cut he would keep a lock of it for Miss Laura.
    • 1939 May 4, James Joyce, Finnegans Wake, London: Faber and Faber Limited, OCLC 715577589; republished London: Faber & Faber Limited, 1960, OCLC 867955333:
      Cycloptically through the windowdisks and with eddying awes the round eyes of the rundreisers, back to back, buck to bucker, on their airish chaunting car, beheld with intouristing anterestedness the clad pursue the bare, the bare the green, the green the frore, the frore the cladagain, as their convoy wheeled encirculingly abound the gigantig’s lifetree, our fireleaved loverlucky blomsterbohm, phoenix in our woodlessness, haughty, cacuminal, erubescent (repetition!) whose roots they be asches with lustres of peins.
      Book I, episode 3
    • 2004, L I Malyschev, Flora of Siberia:
      Fruits ovoid or orbicular, without nutlets at base, narrow into a neck, often underdeveloped, white, greenish white and erubescent only on 1 side
    • 2019 Cameron Mcnaughton, "Erubescent," in Imaginings: 21St Century Poet:
      I see you on the edge of a mountain,
      I call your name.
      You turn and give a smile, you hug me and hold me.
      As the sun goes down,
      You can see I'm clearly Erubescent.
      I hate and I love it at the same time.

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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for erubescent in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913)




  1. third-person plural future active indicative of ērubēscō