madder

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v madder color a moderate to strong red
    • n madder Eurasian herb having small yellow flowers and red roots formerly an important source of the dye alizarin
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Madder măd"dẽr (Bot) 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.☞ Madder is sometimes used in forming pigments, as lakes, etc., which receive their names from their colors, such as madder yellow.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n madder A plant of the genus Rubia, natural order Rubiaceæ, yielding a valuable dyestuff of the same name. The ordinary dyers' madder is R. tinctorum, native of the Mediterranean region, a climbing, herbaceous, or at the base somewhat shrubby plant, with whorls of dark-green leaves and panicles of small yellowish 4—5-merous flowers, and with long succulent perennial roots. It was formerly esteemed as an emmenagogue and diuretic. R. cordifolia, of India, eastern Asia, and parts of Africa, affords garancin, and is used for the same purposes as European madder; it forms the madder of India, the Bengal madder or munjeet. R. peregrina is the proper wild madder of England, found throughout western and southern Europe.
    • n madder A dyestuff and pigment obtained from the roots of Rubia tinctorum and other plants of the same family. It yields colors of the greatest permanence, and is employed in dyeing linen and cotton red. Two kinds are fixed upon cotton: one is called madder-red, and the other, which possesses a much higher degree of luster and fixity, is called Adrianople red, because it is largely exported from that city, or Turkey red, from the fact that for a long time it was mainly obtained from the Levant; it is also produced near Leghorn and Trieste. In the trade this madder bears the name of alizari or lizari. The roots are broken up by means of wooden stampers, which reduce the bark and splint-bark to powder, leaving the hard inner part unbroken; but the whole root is sometimes pulverized. The coloring principle of madder is termed alizarin. Madder contains also a red pigment, purpurin or rubiacin, which is extracted in the form of orange-colored prismatic crystals, and yields a good dye, either alone or in combination with alizarin. Through the peculiar chemical affinity of phosphate of lime for its coloring matter, madder is noted for its remarkable physiological effect of turning red the bones of animals to which it is fed, as well as the claws and beaks of birds.
    • n madder Oldenlandia umbellata.
    • n madder Some species of the genus Hedyotis.
    • n madder The white bedstraw, Galium Mollugo.
    • madder To dye with madder.
    • n madder A large wooden drinking-vessel.
    • n madder Same as purple-black.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Madder mad′ėr a plant whose root affords a red dye
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Quotations

  • Thomas Otway
    Thomas Otway
    “Ambition is a lust that is never quenched, but grows more inflamed and madder by enjoyment.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. mader, AS. mædere,; akin to Icel. maðra,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. mæderu; Ice. maðra, Dut. meed.

Usage

In literature:

Bigalow was getting madder every minute.
"Continuous Vaudeville" by Will M. Cressy
Were they not all mad together, or were he and Hilda madder than these?
"The Cryptogram" by James De Mille
Besides, he was getting madder every second.
"The Dark Star" by Robert W. Chambers
Madder red wuz pale compared to his face when he sot down, and his tongue wuz thick and husky.
"Samantha at Coney Island" by Marietta Holley
He's madder than we are, because we got our suppers and a drying out.
"The Rival Campers Ashore" by Ruel Perley Smith
You are madder than the maddest of book-collectors, Lisardo.
"Bibliomania; or Book-Madness" by Thomas Frognall Dibdin
The further I got into this job the madder it appeared to be.
"The Man Who Drove the Car" by Max Pemberton
Home, where what was going on made Raoul madder than ever.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
I studied the situation, and the more I thought of her getting done in this way, the madder I got.
"The Web of the Golden Spider" by Frederick Orin Bartlett
The scheme is mad, madder even than Jaska intimates!
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science July 1930" by Various
A madder journey than Jim could have conceived of, had he not been a participant in it.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, May, 1930" by Various
Some of the inferior animals were fed with food that contained madder.
"A Treatise on Anatomy, Physiology, and Hygiene (Revised Edition)" by Calvin Cutter
That made me madder than what Eadie had done, so I asked him right then if he was willing to stay.
"Captain Pott's Minister" by Francis L. Cooper
And a madder girl than Hester it would have been hard to find!
"The Girls of Central High on Lake Luna" by Gertrude W. Morrison
Miss Tudor bought some madder.
"The So-called Human Race" by Bert Leston Taylor
One of the company exclaimed, with the full assent of the rest, that if the original were madder than this, it must be incurably mad.
"English Critical Essays" by Various
Two and a half tons of dried roots would be produced from an acre of good ground, and the madder grounds used to fetch a very high price.
"Notes on Agriculture in Cyprus and Its Products" by William Bevan
Rebellion spreads, grows ever madder.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 14" by Various
Were all the Tecuhltli madder than he had realized?
"Red Nails" by Robert E. Howard
Dove-lane, from Market-place to Madder-market church.
"A Concise History and Directory of the City of Norwich for 1811" by C. Berry
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In poetry:

I'm mad about music,
As mad as can be;
There's no one much madder
On music than me.
"Mad About Music" by Cicely Fox Smith
And madder still the squatter grew,
And madder still the lover;
When by-and-by a-missing too,
A stockman they discover.
"The Squatter’s Daughter" by Henry Lawson
What is it then? A long-dead past,
lost in the rush of madder dreams,
upon your soul it will not cast
Mnemosyne's pure tender beams.
"The Name" by Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin
Having made ample use of the treacherous juice,
Which some folks say stings like an adder,
They went back again at the handkerchief men,
Who slowly got madder and madder.
"The Blue And Gray" by Eugene Field
With a sea-gull resting on my breast,
I launched on a madder flight:
And I lashed the waves to a wild unrest,
And howled with a fierce delight
Till the daylight slept; and I wailed and wept
Like a fretful babe all night.
"What The Wind Said" by James Whitcomb Riley
Steeper and steeper grew the hill,
Madder, merrier, chillier still
The western wind blew down, and played
The wildest tricks with the little maid,
As, tying her bonnet under her chin,
She tied a young man's heart within.
"The Love-Knot" by Nora Perry

In news:

Spencer causes 'Bedlam' with the maniacal bad guy Madder Red.
Alizarin / Madder Lakes companies.
Derek Dooley ' madder than I've ever been' over defensive breakdowns.
Dooley ' madder than I've ever been' over breakdowns by 'D.
Louis Lanzano / the associated press archives NHL commissioner Gary Bettman was madder than a wet hen Thursday.
The evil Madder Red and his unmasked alter ego share mannerisms and color schemes courtesy of the Canadian artist.
Spencer causes ' Bedlam ' with the maniacal bad guy Madder Red.
Obama's Re-Election Only Made Them Madder.
Going by body count, which movie has the madder dad: 'Death Wish' or 'Gladiator'.
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