Combines ferrugose - ridged with ferrous - ironlike. To be ferruginous is to be surfaced like corrugated iron.

Despite frequent applications of all the best anti-acne medications commercially available, Mimsy's skin retained its ferruginous quality.

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  • Ferruginous — can refer to: * Iron oxide * Ferruginous bodies * Ferruginous Hawk * Ferruginous Duck …   Wikipedia

  • Ferruginous — Fer*ru gi*nous (f[e^]r*r[udd] j[i^]*n[u^]s), a. [L. ferruginus, ferrugineus, fr. ferrugo, ginis, iron rust: cf. F. ferrugineux. See {Ferrugo}.] 1. Partaking of iron; containing particles of iron. Boyle. [1913 Webster] 2. Resembling iron rust in… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ferruginous — [fə ro͞o′ji nəs] adj. [L ferruginus < ferrugo, iron rust, color of iron rust < ferrum, iron: see FERRO ] 1. of, containing, or having the nature of, iron 2. having the color of iron rust; reddish brown …   English World dictionary

  • ferruginous — adjective Etymology: Latin ferrugineus, ferruginus, from ferrugin , ferrugo iron rust, from ferrum Date: circa 1661 1. of, relating to, or containing iron < a ferruginous soil > 2. resembling iron rust in color …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • ferruginous — /feuh rooh jeuh neuhs/, adj. 1. Geol. iron bearing: ferruginous clays. 2. of the color of iron rust. [1655 65; < L ferruginus rust colored, deriv. of ferrugin , s. of ferrugo iron rust, deriv. of ferrum iron; see OUS] * * * …   Universalium

  • ferruginous — fer•ru•gi•nous [[t]fəˈru dʒə nəs[/t]] adj. 1) gel iron bearing: ferruginous clays[/ex] 2) of the color of iron rust • Etymology: 1655–65; < L ferrūginus rust colored …   From formal English to slang

  • ferruginous — adj. [L. ferrugineus, like iron rust] Rusty red brown in color …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • ferruginous — adjective a) Containing iron. b) Rusty …   Wiktionary

  • ferruginous — 1. Iron bearing; associated with or containing iron. 2. Of the color of iron rust. [L. ferrugineus, iron rust, rust colored] * * * fer·ru·gi·nous fə rü jə nəs, fe or fer·ru·gin·e·ous .fer (y)u̇ jin ē əs adj 1) of, relating to, or containing iron… …   Medical dictionary

  • ferruginous —   a soil in which a hard layer of laterite forms due to alternating periods of leaching and capillary action. These occur due to seasonal rainfall such as in a savanna biome …   Geography glossary

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