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From Latin rubeus, from rubere (to be red). See rouge.


rubious (comparative more rubious, superlative most rubious)

  1. (obsolete) red; ruddy
    • c. 1601, William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night, I.4:
      Diana's lip
      Is not more smooth and rubious; thy small pipe
      Is as the maiden's organ, shrill and sound,
      And all is semblative a woman's part.

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