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Madeira

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noun Ma·dei·ra \mə-ˈdir-ə, -ˈder-\

Definition of Madeira

  1. :  an amber-colored fortified wine from Madeira; also :  a similar wine made elsewhere



Origin of madeira

Portuguese, from Madeira Islands


First Known Use: 1596


Madeira

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geographical name Ma·dei·ra \mə-ˈdir-ə, -ˈder-ə\

Definition of Madeira

  1. 1 river 2013 miles (3239 kilometers) W Brazil formed at Bolivian border by confluence of the Mamoré & the Beni & flowing NE to the Amazon

  2. 2 islands in North Atlantic N of the Canaries belonging to Portugal ∗ Funchal area 308 square miles (798 square kilometers), pop 245,011

  3. 3 island, chief of group area 285 square miles (741 square kilometers)

Ma·dei·ran play \-ˈdir-ən, -ˈder-\ adjective or noun



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