Ruddle meaning

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Red ocherous iron ore, used in dyeing and marking.
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To dye or mark with or as if with red ocher.

Ruddle sheep.

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To color or mark with red ocher, esp. to mark sheep thus.
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To cause to flush; redden.
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A form of red ochre sometimes used to mark sheep.
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To mark something with red ochre.
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To raddle or twist.
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Origin of ruddle

  • Probably diminutive of rud red from Middle English rudde from Old English rudu reudh- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition