ma·​dro·​ne | \ mə-ˈdrō-nə How to pronounce madrone (audio) \
variants: or madrona or less commonly madrono

Definition of madrone

: any of several evergreen trees (genus Arbutus) of the heath family especially : one (A. menziesii) of the Pacific coast of North America with smooth red bark, thick shining leaves, and edible red berries

Examples of madrone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The passage between both these worlds is marked by the mature Pacific madrone trees perched high on the cliff, catching the golden light on their red-brown trunks. Washington Post, "How Dan Hinkley distilled a lifetime of gardening lessons into a paradise named Windcliff," 7 Oct. 2020 Berleman said this is happening right now in the North Bay, as well as other parts of the greater Bay Area with woodlands that are made up primarily of oak and bay laurel, and sometimes douglas fir and madrone trees. Kellie Hwang,, "Napa and Sonoma are burning again. Here’s why scorched areas can remain vulnerable," 28 Sep. 2020 Imagine an ideal Sonoma hillside dotted with stately oak, Manzanita, and madrone trees. Jennifer Fernandez, House Beautiful, "This Sonoma Home by Ken Fulk Is Packed with Dramatic Touches," 18 Sep. 2020 The ceiling is supported by arches made of the trunks of madrone trees with the bark left on. Carl Nolte,, "In SF: ‘A simple church unlike any other’," 7 Mar. 2020 Trees include coastal redwoods, tanoaks, Douglas firs and madrones. Elaine Ingalls, The Mercury News, "Better Place Forests creates memorial trees, an alternative to cemeteries," 1 July 2019 Since buying the property in 2000, Carter has developed its 85 woodsy acres — rooted here are madrone, Douglas fir, manzanita and the most easterly redwoods in the country — into a community for artists. Leilani Marie Labong, San Francisco Chronicle, "Studio visit with Richard Carter in his 1874 Napa County farmhouse," 8 June 2018 Take a hike through the firs and madrones of 240-acre Grand Forest, or rent a ride from one of the two nearby bike shops and spend the day spinning country lanes to places like Fort Ward Park, home to a secret World War II naval base. Tim Neville, Outside Online, "The Definitive Guide to Visiting the Pacific Northwest," 24 May 2018 On sunny days, the blue sky, green canopy and the red, peeling bark of Pacific madrones all swirl together, making an especially colorful hike., "Tumble into the 'Alice in Wonderland' trails around Ashland," 11 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of madrone

1841, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for madrone

Spanish madroño

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“Madrone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2020.

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