madder

noun
mad·​der | \ ˈma-dər How to pronounce madder (audio) \

Definition of madder

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)
2a : 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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First Known Use of madder

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for madder

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

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The first known use of madder was before the 12th century

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“Madder.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/madder. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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madder

noun
mad·​der | \ ˈmad-ər How to pronounce madder (audio) \

Medical Definition of madder

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

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