russet

Definitions

  • Russet-backed thrush
    Russet-backed thrush
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj russet of brown with a reddish tinge
    • n russet a reddish brown homespun fabric
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Russet A country dress; -- so called because often of a russet color.
    • Russet A russet color; a pigment of a russet color.
    • Russet An apple, or a pear, of a russet color; as, the English russet, and the Roxbury russet .
    • Russet Cloth or clothing of a russet color.
    • Russet Coarse; homespun; rustic.
    • Russet Of a reddish brown color, or (by some called) a red gray; of the color composed of blue, red, and yellow in equal strength, but unequal proportions, namely, two parts of red to one each of blue and yellow; also, of a yellowish brown color. "The morn, in russet mantle clad.""Our summer such a russet livery wears."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • russet Of a reddish-brown color: applied also to some light browns not reddish. When said of leather, it includes nearly every variety browner than red Russia; but it does not include gray, nor pure buff. When applied to armor, a coppery red is generally meant—a kind of finish common in the sixteenth century.
    • russet Made of russet; hence, coarse; homespun; rustic: a use derived from the general color of homespun cloth.
    • russet Made of russet leather.
    • n russet A reddish-brown color: a broad and vague term, formerly applied to various shades of gray and brown or ash-color, sometimes used restrictively, but in no well-settled sense.
    • n russet Coarse cloth, country-made and often homespun, used for the garments of peasantry and even of country people of some means: a term originally derived from the reddish-brown color of much cloth of this quality, and retained when the color was different, as gray or ash-colored.
    • n russet plural Clothes of russet; especially, the garb of a shepherd.
    • n russet In leather manufacturing, leather finished, but not polished or colored, except as colored by the tanning liquor; russet leather.
    • n russet A kind of winter apple having a brownish color, rough skin, and characteristic flavor. Though no doubt named from its color, this is rather buff than russet, with a greenish bronze-like luster, very striking in some varieties.
    • russet To give a russet hue to; change into russet.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Russet rus′et rusty or reddish-brown: coarse: rustic: of russet-leather
    • n Russet a coarse homespun dress
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Quotations

  • Oliver Cromwell
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    “I had rather have a plain, russet-coated Captain, that knows what he fights for, and loves what he knows, than that which you call a Gentle-man and is nothing else.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. rousset, dim. of roux, red, L. russus,for rudtus, rudhtus,), akin to E. red,. See Red, and cf. Roussette

Usage

In literature:

Then he turned russet as he showed me the white of an eye.
"The Prairie Child" by Arthur Stringer
And the corn has turned a russet yellow and looks like the tents of an army.
"A Little Girl in Old Philadelphia" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
How have you heart for any tune, You with the wayworn russet shoon?
"Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, Vol. 7" by Various
They carried bows and were clad in russet brown.
"Robin Hood" by Paul Creswick
Which the harvest has warmed with the russet and gold?
"Oklahoma Sunshine" by Freeman E. (Freeman Edwin) Miller
In the morning the trees stood perfectly still: yellow, yellowish-green, crimson, russet.
"Imaginary Interviews" by W. D. Howells
Russet contrasts with green and harmonizes with red.
"Social Life" by Maud C. Cooke
The fields are dull russet, the forests are black, each tree seems a skeleton; all nature, save the evergreen, looks dead.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. 4, No. 2, August, 1863" by Various
Now he was getting older he found, however, that the finest of them all was the russet.
"Amaryllis at the Fair" by Richard Jefferies
Most of the time it is like being back on Russet doing a group Project.
"The Lost Kafoozalum" by Pauline Ashwell
The russet woods stood ripe to be stripped, but were yet full of leaf.
"Shirley" by Charlotte Brontë
When they bought me red russets from the town, I cried and cried.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
Spurs as bright as dollars jangled on high russet heels.
"The Missourian" by Eugene P. (Eugene Percy) Lyle
Dey give dem hard russet shoes in wintertime.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves." by Work Projects Administration
Poppies grow everywhere, huge russet poppies, ten times as large as those on Earth and 100 times as deadly.
"Mars Confidential" by Jack Lait
Rosy and russet, how they fall!
"The Upward Path" by Various
Celibates and vestals in russet robes luxuriated on couches of magnolia green.
"The Goddess of Atvatabar" by William R. Bradshaw
But ye took my ship, gossip, and I'm a beggar; and for my man Tom, a knave fellow in russet shot him down.
"The Black Arrow" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Now the russet brown clothes take a decided character in the direction of the Persian coat and knickerbockers closed at the knee.
"English Costume" by Dion Clayton Calthrop
Who shall dare to call that russet-coloured hillside with the streaks of green upon it, waste?
"Windyridge" by W. Riley
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In poetry:


Dear my lady, when the woods
Wore old Autumn's russet crown,
Dost remember how thou said'st
Love had surely eyes of brown ?
"A Song Of Love's Eyes" by Ethel Clifford
Let us lend our being wholly
To the cradling breeze that passes,
Wrinkling at our feet the lowly
Ocean of long russet grasses.
"En Sourdine" by Clark Ashton Smith
When beeches show like bonnie dames
In dresses russet bright,
An' creepers climb in lingerin' flames?
"Ay, happen, Lad, I might."
"Autumn Tryst" by Dorothy Una Ratcliffe
The fields that waved with golden grain,
As russet heaths are wild and bare;
Not moist with dew, but drench'd in rain,
Nor health nor pleasure wanders there.
"Autumn" by Samuel Johnson
He still remembers that my eyes were blue,
Still dreams the autumn russet of my hair;
"In God's own time," he said, "I'll come to you;
You will be waiting; I will find you there!"
"The Vow Forsworn" by Charles Hamilton Musgrove
What didst thou sing of, thou melodious sprite?
Pine forests, with smooth russet carpets spread,
Where e'en at noonday dimly falls the light,
Through gloomy blue-green branches overhead.
"Lament Of A Mocking-Bird" by Frances Anne Kemble

In news:

Russet potatoes, washed and cut into 1/8-in.
Morning News — Mark High Shelley fans celebrate a score during the Russets' 3A playoff game against Snake River .
Lady Russets pull away from Lady Cougars.
4 large russet potatoes, baked 1/2 lb.
Russet Potatoes 5 lb pound $1 88.
Dogwood leaves turn burgundy-russet in October and November.
5 medium Washington Russet potatoes.
10 small to medium Russet potatoes.
For the Shelley Russets, there's just something about playing the Fruitland Grizzlies in the 3A state championship game.
In 2007, the Russets prevailed 19-13, and it was a 25-14 final in 2009.
2 large russet potatoes (about 1 pound each), scrubbed.
Gnocchi 3-4 70 count russet potatoes 5 qts.
3 pound(s about 5 large) russet potatoes .
Russets will cook differently than potatoes with less starch.
2 pounds russet potatoes (about 3 medium).
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