Definition of


  1. (noun, plant) Eurasian herb having small yellow flowers and red roots formerly an important source of the dye alizarin
  2. (verb, change) color a moderate to strong red

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Synonyms of Madder

rubia tinctorum

Alternate forms of Madder

Derivations: madder

Hypernyms: madderwort, redden, rubiaceous plant

Origin of the word Madder

  1. O.E. m?dere "plant used for making dyes," from PIE *modhro- "dye plant" (cf. O.N. ma?ra, O.H.G. matara "madder," Pol. modry, Czech modry "blue"). more

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