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  • n. Alternative form of madrone.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A small evergreen tree or shrub (Arbutus Menziesii), of Pacific North America, having a smooth bark, thick glossy leathery leaves, and edible orange-red berries, which are often called madroña apples; the wood is used for furniture and the bark for tanning.

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  • n. evergreen tree of the Pacific coast of North America having glossy leathery leaves and orange-red edible berries; wood used for furniture and bark for tanning


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  •      I wish I could tell how I went out this morning and discovered, under a canopy of rhododendron, madrona and redwood, a careful path.

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  • Other tree octopus species — including the Douglas octopus and the red-ringed madrona sucker — were once abundant throughout the Cascadia region, but have since gone extinct because of threats similar to those faced by paxarbolis, as well as overharvesting by the now-illegal tree octopus trade.

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  • • Burn hard woods (oak, hickory, madrona, ash) rather than soft ones (fir, pine).


  • The strawberry fields, Japanese produce farms, and stands of fir, cedar, and madrona trees have shrunk and expensively appointed houses have sprung up.

    Without Pity

  • Maestra's house sat high on the bluffs of the Magnolia District, so called because a botanically challenged early explorer had mistaken its profusion of madrona trees for an unrelated species that graced more southerly climes.

    Fierce Invalids Home From Hot Climates

  • My mother says this is a magic brew, ignited when the first warmth of the year penetrates the fir trees and the saltwater, peels the bark of the red madrona in papery strips, and soaks deep into the ground where the island potters dig their clay She really talks like that.

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  • He never saw Elias standing quietly in the thick darkness created by the madrona tree.

    Deep Waters

  • He came to a halt and stood quietly in the dense shadow of a madrona tree.

    Deep Waters

  • Already turning brown, and crowned with dense, low groves of oak, and bay, and madrona trees, they shut off the world outside; although sometimes on a still day the solemn booming of the ocean could be heard beyond them, and a hundred times a year the

    The Rich Mrs. Burgoyne

  • Scrub oaks and bay trees grew in a tangle all about it, even a few young redwoods and an occasional bronze and white madrona tree.

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