Russet meaning

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A moderate to strong brown.
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A coarse gray, brown, or reddish-brown homespun cloth.
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A winter apple with a rough reddish-brown skin.
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Any of various varieties of potato having reddish-brown skin, especially a russet Burbank.
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Moderate to strong brown.
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Yellowish brown or reddish brown.
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A coarse homespun cloth, reddish-brown or brownish, formerly used for clothing by country people.
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A winter apple with a rough, mottled skin.
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Yellowish-brown or reddish-brown.
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Made of russet (cloth)
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(archaic) Rustic, simple, etc.
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A coarse, reddish-brown, homespun fabric.
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Country dress; homespun cloth.
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Variety of apple of russet-colored, rough skin.
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Variety of potato with dark gray-brown, rough skin.
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Having a reddish-brown color.
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Gray or ash-colored (antiquated usage).

"Russet-pated" (gray hair). Shakespeare, Midsummer Night's Dream, iii. 2.

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Rustic, homespun, coarse, plain.

Shakespeare, Loves Labour's Lost, V. 2

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"Condition of leather when it is finished, excepting the operations of coloring and polishing the surface." (From 1880s British/American dictionary.)
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Origin of russet

  • Middle English from Old French rousset from rous red from Latin russus reudh- in Indo-European roots

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

  • Middle English, from Old French rousset, from rous, from Latin russus (“reddish")

    From Wiktionary