rose madder


a pigment derived from anthraquinone and hydrated oxide of aluminum, characterized chiefly by its reddish color and permanence: used in painting.Compare madder lake(def 2).

Origin of rose madder

First recorded in 1885–90 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for rose madder

  • Athwart the western sky the after-glow of a drenched sunset lay like a wash of rose-madder.

    The Black Bag|Louis Joseph Vance
  • The blaze threw shifting dashes of carmine on her cheeks and heightened the rose-madder of her lips.

    The Portal of Dreams|Charles Neville Buck