\ \ [13] Latin russusred’ went back ultimately to the prehistoric Indo-European *reudh- ‘red’, which also produced English red.
\ \ From it was descended Old French rous, whose modern form roux has given English rouxflour and butter mixture’ [19] (it is short for beurre rouxbrowned butter’). This formed the basis of a diminutive form rousset, which passed into English via Anglo-Norman russet. The application of the word to a red-skinned variety of apple dates from the 18th century.
\ \ Cf.RED, ROUX

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