from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A southwest Asian perennial plant (Rubia tinctorum) having small yellow flowers, whorled leaves, and a red root.
- n. The root of this plant, formerly an important source of the dye alizarin.
- n. A red dye obtained from the roots of this plant.
- n. A medium to strong red or reddish orange.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. comparative form of mad: more mad
- n. Alternative spelling of mether.(obsolete)
- n. A herbaceous plant, Rubia tinctorum, native to Asia, cultivated for a red-purple dye obtained from the root.
- n. The root of the plant, used as a medicine or a dye.
- n. A dye made from the plant.
- n. A deep reddish purple colour, like that of the dye.
- adj. Of a deep reddish purple colour, like that of the dye.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A plant of the genus Rubia (Rubia tinctorum). The root is much used in dyeing red, and formerly was used in medicine. It is cultivated in France and Holland. See rubiaceous.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A plant of the genus Rubia, natural order Rubiaceæ, yielding a valuable dyestuff of the same name.
- n. A dyestuff and pigment obtained from the roots of Rubia tinctorum and other plants of the same family.
- n. Oldenlandia umbellata.
- n. Some species of the genus Hedyotis.
- n. The white bedstraw, Galium Mollugo.
- To dye with madder.
- n. A large wooden drinking-vessel.
- n. Same as purple-black.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. color a moderate to strong red
- n. Eurasian herb having small yellow flowers and red roots formerly an important source of the dye alizarin
Middle English, from Old English mædere.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Inflected forms. (Wiktionary)
From mead (Wiktionary)
Old English mæddre, mædre, from Germanic, perhaps from an Indo-European base meaning ‘blue’. Cognate with Swedish madra. (Wiktionary)