- 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.
- the pale reddish-brown wood of this tree.
Also ma·dro·na, ma·dro·ño [muh-drohn-yoh] /məˈdroʊn yoʊ/, ma·dro·ña [muh-drohn-yuh] /məˈdroʊn yə/.
Origin of madrone
1835–45, Americanism; < American Spanish madroño; Spanish: strawberry tree (ulterior origin uncertain)
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madroo (məˈdrəʊnjəʊ) or madrone (məˈdrəʊnə)
- an ericaceous North American evergreen tree or shrub, Arbutus menziesii, with white flowers and red berry-like fruitsSee also strawberry tree
C19: from Spanish
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