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mad·der

 (măd′ər)
n.
1. Any of several plants of the genus Rubia, especially R. tinctorum of Eurasia, having small yellow flowers, whorled leaves, and a reddish-brown root.
2.
a. The root of R. tinctorum, formerly an important source of the dye alizarin.
b. A red dye obtained from these roots.
3. A medium to strong red or reddish orange.

[Middle English, from Old English mædere.]

madder

(ˈmædə)
n
1. (Plants) any of several rubiaceous plants of the genus Rubia, esp the Eurasian R. tinctoria, which has small yellow flowers and a red fleshy root
2. (Plants) the root of this plant
3. (Dyeing) a dark reddish-purple dye formerly obtained by fermentation of this root; identical to the synthetic dye, alizarin
4. (Dyeing) a red lake obtained from alizarin and an inorganic base; used as a pigment in inks and paints
[Old English mædere; related to Middle Dutch mēde, Old Norse mathra]

madder

(ˈmædə)
adj
the comparative of mad

mad•der1

(ˈmæd ər)

n.
1. any plant of the genus Rubia, esp. the climbing R. tinctorum, of Europe, having open clusters of small yellowish flowers.
2. the root of this plant, formerly used in dyeing.
3. a reddish dye derived from madder.
[before 1000; Middle English mad(d)er, Old English mæd(e)re]

mad•der2

(ˈmæd ər)

adj.
comparative of mad.

Madder

 of painters.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.madder - Eurasian herb having small yellow flowers and red roots formerly an important source of the dye alizarinmadder - Eurasian herb having small yellow flowers and red roots formerly an important source of the dye alizarin
madderwort, rubiaceous plant - any of numerous trees or shrubs or vines of the family Rubiaceae
Verb1.madder - color a moderate to strong redmadder - color a moderate to strong red  
redden - make red; "The setting sun reddened the sky"
Translations

madder

n (= plant)Krapp m, → Färberröte f; (= dye)Krapprot nt, → Krappfarbstoff m
References in classic literature ?
I'd like to know now which is the madder, he who is so because he cannot help it, or he who is so of his own choice?
I was beginning to call for music and wine; soon I should be calling for madder music and more wine.
He was now at his worst; madder than he had been earlier in the night.
She went stealthily as a cat through this profusion of growth, gathering cuckoo-spittle on her skirts, cracking snails that were underfoot, staining her hands with thistle-milk and slug-slime, and rubbing off upon her naked arms sticky blights which, though snow-white on the apple-tree trunks, made madder stains on her skin; thus she drew quite near to Clare, still unobserved of him.
I was mad for love of you then, and in all the time that has passed since then I have only grown the madder.
But to go from here without a plan, without forethought, in the heat of a moment, is madder than madness, and can help nothing.
I believe he thrusts pins through the heads of rabbits, he makes fowls eat madder, and punches the spinal marrow out of dogs with whalebone.
He dared not move for fear of going over, and had to stay there till I could get hold of his legs, and haul him back, and that made him madder than ever.
It shall be a very disagreeable madder, I have been obliged to pud you both in irons until we get to Nables.
This gentleman explained the object of his visit to be 'a tyfling madder ob bithznithz,' and executed his legal function.
Every day I grow madder after sending him to heaven
And ever as the day waned those who were left untried of the witch-doctors grew madder and more fierce.