madder

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English[edit]

Rubia tinctorum
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Old English mæddre, mædre, from Germanic, perhaps from an Indo-European base meaning "blue." Cognate with Swedish madra.

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madder (plural madders)

  1. A herbaceous plant, Rubia tinctorum, native to Asia, cultivated for a red-purple dye obtained from the root.
  2. The root of the plant, used as a medicine or a dye.
  3. A dye made from the plant.
  4. A deep reddish purple colour, like that of the dye.
    madder colour:    
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madder (not comparable)

  1. Of a deep reddish purple colour, like that of the dye.
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madder

  1. comparative form of mad: more mad

Etymology 3[edit]

From mead

Noun[edit]

madder (plural madders)

  1. Obsolete form of mether.
    • c.1720 Jonathan Swift (translation from the Irish) "O'Rourke's Feast":
      Usequebaugh to our feast - In pails was brought up,
      A hundred at least, - And the madder our cup,
      O there is the sport! []

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