[ muh-droh-nuh ]
/ məˈdroʊ nə /


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.

Nearby words

  1. madrid,
  2. madrigal,
  3. madrigalist,
  4. madrileño,
  5. madrilène,
  6. madroña,
  7. madroño,
  8. madtom,
  9. madura,
  10. madura boil

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) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for madroña


madroo (məˈdrəʊnjəʊ) or madrone (məˈdrəʊnə)

/ (məˈdrəʊnjə) /

noun plural -ñas, -ños or -nes

an ericaceous North American evergreen tree or shrub, Arbutus menziesii, with white flowers and red berry-like fruitsSee also strawberry tree

Word Origin for madroña

C19: from Spanish

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