1. A moderate to strong brown.
2. A coarse gray, brown, or reddish-brown homespun cloth.
3. A winter apple with a rough reddish-brown skin.
4. Any of various varieties of potato having reddish-brown skin, especially a russet Burbank.
Moderate to strong brown.
[Middle English, from Old French rousset, from rous, red, from Latin russus; see reudh- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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