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[muh-droh-nuh] /məˈdroʊ nə/
any of several evergreen trees belonging to the genus Arbutus, of the heath family, especially A. menziesii (Pacific madrone) of western North America, having red, flaky bark and bearing edible reddish berries.
the pale reddish-brown wood of this tree.
Also, madrona, madroño
[muh-drohn-yoh] /məˈdroʊn yoʊ/ (Show IPA),
madroña [muh-drohn-yuh] /məˈdroʊn yə/ (Show IPA).
Origin of madrone
1835-45, Americanism; < American Spanish madroño; Spanish: strawberry tree (ulterior origin uncertain) Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The nearness to Mexico brought in the musical piñon and madroña in the southwest.

    Trees Worth Knowing Julia Ellen Rogers
  • Conspicuous in the landscape was still the madroña, with its pretty, strawberry-like, edible berries.

British Dictionary definitions for madroña


noun (pl) -ñas, -ños, -nes
an ericaceous North American evergreen tree or shrub, Arbutus menziesii, with white flowers and red berry-like fruits See also strawberry tree
Word Origin
C19: from Spanish
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