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1. The dried and powdered root of Rubia tinctorum (family Rubiaceae); it contains several glycosides that produce the red dyes alizarin and purpurin on fermentation. When madder (or alizarin) is fed to young animals, the calcium in newly deposited bone salt, hydroxyapatite, is stained red.
2. Any dye obtained from plants of the madder family (Rubiaceae).
Synonym(s): Turkey red
[A.S. maedere]


Root of the plant Rubia tinctorum, a source of the red dye alizarin.

madder (maˑ·dr),

n Latin name:
Rubia tinctorum; part used: roots; uses: kidney stones, paralysis, menstrual problems, jaundice; precautions: pregnancy, lactation, children; possible hepatotoxicity. Also called
dyer's madder, garance, krapp, madder root, or
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Now Cllr Madders has been selected to stand to be Mr Miller's House of Commons successor.
Madders said the tender for the long awaited Parklakes Sport Complex clubhouse for the soccer fields would be launched this month and the construction is scheduled to start in early 2013.
Cllr Madders said: "The police have already done a lot of great work in tackling some of the issues in the area, and this will add to general security in the area.
Both Dr Madders and Daniel were wearing life jackets but Highland councillor Richard Greene said: "The weather turned very nasty in the late afternoon.
Mr Madders, 52, lived with his family in Bridgeview, Poolewe, Ross-shireclose to Loch Maree.
CAPSIZED: Michael Madders, who has been named as the man who drowned along with his son Daniel, in a canoe accident on a Highland loch
Mr Madders travelled up to the region last week and met with members of the NFU North-West Livestock Board, chaired by Alistair Mackintosh, of Ravenglass in Cumbria.
Madders was directing his side well from scrum-half as the visitors enjoyed their best spell of the game and when hooker Luke Brookes crossed on 55 minutes the game looked set for an exciting final quarter.
Apparently Madders will be flying them around the globe for the duration of the tour to keep her `grounded'.
The successful Hinckley team, of which the six top scores from the seven players count, were Richard Haines (65), Damian Dowell (66), Simon Muggleton (66), Simon Madders (66), Daniel Gunn (66), Keiran Thomas (71) and Alex Malpass (75).