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- n. A name proposed for any plant of the same natural order (Rubiaceae) as the madder.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A name proposed for any plant of the same natural order (Rubiaceæ) as the madder.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Any plant of the madder family, Rubiaceæ.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any of numerous trees or shrubs or vines of the family Rubiaceae
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Our ideas of what colours looked like come from stained glass of the period or paintings, but in reality they would have been quite different as they came not from pigments but from vegetable dyes, like madderwort (red), weld (yellow) and woad (blue), all from plants, to the reds of kermes and cochineal extracted from crushed insects.