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madder

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[ mad-er ]
/ ˈmæd ər /
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noun
any plant of the genus Rubia, especially the climbing R. tinctorum, of Europe, having open clusters of small, yellowish flowers.Compare madder family.
the root of this plant, formerly used in dyeing.
the dye or coloring matter itself.
a color produced by such a dye.
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Origin of madder

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before 1000; Middle English mad(d)er,Old English mæd(e)re; cognate with Old Norse mathra,Old High German matara

Other definitions for madder (2 of 2)

madder2
[ mad-er ]
/ ˈmæd ər /

adjective
comparative of mad.

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH madder

madder , matter
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British Dictionary definitions for madder (1 of 2)

madder1
/ (ˈmædə) /

noun
any of several rubiaceous plants of the genus Rubia, esp the Eurasian R. tinctoria, which has small yellow flowers and a red fleshy root
the root of this plant
a dark reddish-purple dye formerly obtained by fermentation of this root; identical to the synthetic dye, alizarin
a red lake obtained from alizarin and an inorganic base; used as a pigment in inks and paints

Word Origin for madder

Old English mædere; related to Middle Dutch mēde, Old Norse mathra

British Dictionary definitions for madder (2 of 2)

madder2
/ (ˈmædə) /

adjective
the comparative of mad
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