Definitions for madderˈmæd ər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

mad•derˈmæd ər(n.)

  1. any plant of the genus Rubia, esp. the climbing R. tinctorum, of Europe, having open clusters of small yellowish flowers.

    Category: Plants

  2. the root of this plant, formerly used in dyeing.

    Category: Plants

  3. a reddish dye derived from madder.

    Category: Textiles

Origin of madder:

bef. 1000; ME mad(d)er, OE mæd(e)re

mad•derˈmæd ər(adj.)

  1. Ref: comparative of mad. 1

Princeton's WordNet

  1. madder, Rubia tinctorum(verb)

    Eurasian herb having small yellow flowers and red roots formerly an important source of the dye alizarin

  2. madder(verb)

    color a moderate to strong red

Webster Dictionary

  1. Madder(noun)

    a plant of the Rubia (R. tinctorum). The root is much used in dyeing red, and formerly was used in medicine. It is cultivated in France and Holland. See Rubiaceous

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  1. Rubia

    Rubia is a genus of flowering plants in the Rubiaceae family. It contains around 80 species of perennial scrambling or climbing herbs and subshrubs native to the Old World. The genus and its best-known species are commonly known as madder, e.g. Rubia tinctorum, Rubia peregrina, and Rubia cordifolia.

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