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russet +‎ -ing


russeting (countable and uncountable, plural russetings)

  1. Russet (a coarse reddish fabric).
  2. Russet (a kind of apple).
    • 1820 January 16, John Turner, “From the London Horticultural Transactions, Vol. V. page, 63.—Observations on the Accidental Intermixture of Character, in Certain Fruits. By John Turner, F.L.S. Assistant Secretary. January 16, 1820.”, in Massachusetts Agricultural Journal, volume IX, number 2, [Boston, Mass.: Massachusetts Society for Promoting Agriculture], published July 1826, OCLC 1588003, page 135:
      Mr. Collinson then produced several samples of the apples; an untainted russeting, a russeting changed in complexion which grew among a great cluster of unaltered brethren, and some apples of the other tree which had caused the change in the russetings, and whose fruit had in turn received a rough cast from the russetings.
  3. Early season damage to citrus fruit caused by rust mites.



  1. present participle of russet

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for russeting in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)