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rud·dle(rŭd′l) also red·dle (rĕd′l) or rad·dle (răd′l)
Red ocherous iron ore, used in dyeing and marking.
tr.v. rud·dled, rud·dling, rud·dles also red·dled or red·dling or red·dles or rad·dled or rad·dling or rad·dles
To dye or mark with or as if with red ocher: ruddle sheep.
[Probably diminutive of rud, red, from Middle English rudde, from Old English rudu; see reudh- in Indo-European roots.]
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(Agriculture) a red ochre, used esp to mark sheep
(Agriculture) (tr) to mark (sheep) with ruddle
[C16: diminutive formed from Old English rudu redness; see rudd]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
n., v. -dled, -dling. n.
1. a red variety of ocher, used for marking sheep, coloring, etc.v.t.
2. to mark or color with ruddle.
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Past participle: ruddled
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|Noun||1.||ruddle - a red iron ore used in dyeing and marking|
iron ore - an ore from which iron can be extracted
|Verb||1.||ruddle - twist or braid together, interlace|
|2.||ruddle - redden as if with a red ocher color|
redden - make red; "The setting sun reddened the sky"
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