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madrone

[muh-droh-nuh] /məˈdroʊ nə/
noun
1.
any of several evergreen trees belonging to the genus Arbutus, of the heath family, especially A. menziesii (Pacific madrone) of western North America, having red, flaky bark and bearing edible reddish berries.
2.
the pale reddish-brown wood of this tree.
Also, madrona, madroño
[muh-drohn-yoh] /məˈdroʊn yoʊ/ (Show IPA),
madroña [muh-drohn-yuh] /məˈdroʊn yə/ (Show IPA).
Origin of madrone
1835-1845
1835-45, Americanism; < American Spanish madroño; Spanish: strawberry tree (ulterior origin uncertain)
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  • I will exchange some madrone berries, a piece of manzanita wood and bark, and a few sugar-pine nuts, for ocean curiosities.

  • The wood of the madrone is hard and close-grained, of a light brown, shaded with red, with lighter-colored sap-wood.

  • She had said that "Anne wath mad wiv her, and that Alix--" she managed to lisp the name, "wath up in the madrone!"

    Sisters Kathleen Norris
  • The madrone, richly leaved like the laurel, reflects the sunlight from a bole glistening as though freshly carved from wet gold.

    The Native Son Inez Haynes Irwin

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