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rose madder

a pigment derived from anthraquinone and hydrated oxide of aluminum, characterized chiefly by its reddish color and permanence: used in painting.
Compare madder lake (def 2).
Origin of rose madder
1885-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The blaze threw shifting dashes of carmine on her cheeks and heightened the rose-madder of her lips.

    The Portal of Dreams Charles Neville Buck
  • Athwart the western sky the after-glow of a drenched sunset lay like a wash of rose-madder.

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance

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