ma·​dro·​ne mə-ˈdrō-nə How to pronounce madrone (audio)
variants or madrona or less commonly madrono
: 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 Landscapers installed a daily drip irrigation system that seems to have damaged or killed our smallish (6-foot) madrone that had been healthy. oregonlive, 25 Feb. 2023 Nearly all of the Karuk tribe’s ancestral land is managed by the Forest Service and has over decades changed from tanoaks and madrone tree species to forests choked with Douglas fir plantations, a source for commercial timber. Julie Cart, Discover Magazine, 9 Apr. 2022 Drought has browned its grass and many of its pine and madrone trees. Martin Kuz, The Christian Science Monitor, 8 Oct. 2021 The unique structure, made up of madrone logs and topped with a metal dome and a gorgeous blue glass ball, was the visual centerpiece of the back garden. oregonlive, 10 June 2021 Nature sets the tone and rhythm of the 38-room property, composed of a lodge, stand-alone treehouses, and 16 acres of redwoods, madrone trees, Douglas firs, and oaks. Travel + Leisure Staff, Travel + Leisure, 19 Feb. 2020 Your tree is not a rhododendron but Arbutus menziesii or Pacific madrone (also called arbutus, madrona, madroño). oregonlive, 20 Dec. 2020 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, 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,, 28 Sep. 2020 See More

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Word History


Spanish madroño

First Known Use

circa 1842, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of madrone was circa 1842

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“Madrone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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