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A brownish shade of ruddy called ruddy brown is often referred to simply as ruddy when referring to animals.
A pinkish tone of ruddy called ruddy pink is often referred to simply as ruddy when describing the colour of the cheeks of some paler-skinned persons.
Ruddy in nature
Various birds coloured various shades of ruddy brown are described as ruddy:
Ruddy in human culture
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- In the United Kingdom and some other parts of the Commonwealth, "ruddy" is also used as a mild curse in place of the more offensive "bloody".
- Some people are described as having ruddy cheeks (meaning that they have ruddy pink coloured cheeks) and this is usually taken as a sign of good health.
- Maerz and Paul A Dictionary of Color New York:1930 McGraw-Hill Page 203