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).

Nearby words

  1. rose family,
  2. rose fever,
  3. rose geranium,
  4. rose hip,
  5. rose is a rose is a rose is a rose,
  6. rose mallow,
  7. rose mandarin,
  8. rose moss,
  9. rose noble,
  10. rose of china

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