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madrone

[muh-droh-nuh]
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.
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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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Examples from the Web for madrone

Historical Examples

  • I will exchange some madrone berries, a piece of manzanita wood and bark, and a few sugar-pine nuts, for ocean curiosities.

    Harper's Young People, April 26, 1881

    Various

  • 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