- any of a genus (Rubia) of plants of the madder family, with petals fused to form a funnel-shaped corolla; esp., a perennial vine (R. tinctorum) with panicles of small, yellow flowers
- the red root of this vine
- a red dye made from this
- bright red; crimson
Origin of madderMiddle English mader from Old English mædere, akin to Old Norse mathra, Norwegian modra from Indo-European base an unverified form modhro-, dye plant from source Czech modrý, blue
- Any of several plants of the genus Rubia, especially R. tinctorum of Eurasia, having small yellow flowers, whorled leaves, and a reddish-brown root.
- a. The root of R. tinctorum, formerly an important source of the dye alizarin.b. A red dye obtained from these roots.
- A medium to strong red or reddish orange.
Origin of madderMiddle English from Old English mædere
- A herbaceous plant, Rubia tinctorum, native to Asia, cultivated for a red-purple dye obtained from the root.
- The root of the plant, used as a medicine or a dye.
- A dye made from the plant.
- A deep reddish purple colour, like that of the dye.
- Of a deep reddish purple colour, like that of the dye.
Old English mÃ¦ddre, mÃ¦dre, from Germanic, perhaps from an Indo-European base meaning "blue." Cognate with Swedish madra.
- Obsolete form of mether.