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madder

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noun mad·der \ˈma-dər\

Definition of madder

  1. 1 :  a Eurasian herb (Rubia tinctorum of the family Rubiaceae, the madder family) with whorled leaves and small yellowish panicled flowers succeeded by dark berries; broadly :  any of several related herbs (genus Rubia)

  2. 2 a :  the root of the Eurasian madder used formerly in dyeing; also :  an alizarin dye prepared from it b :  a moderate to strong red



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Origin and Etymology of madder

Middle English, from Old English mædere; akin to Old High German matara madder


First Known Use: before 12th century

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madder

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noun mad·der \ˈmad-ər\

Medical Definition of madder

  1. 1:  a Eurasian herb (Rubia tinctorum of the family Rubiaceae, the madder family) with whorled leaves, clusters of small yellowish flowers, and red to black berries; broadly :  any of several related herbs (genus Rubia)

  2. 2:  the root of the Eurasian madder formerly used in dyeing; also :  an alizarin dye prepared from it




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