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Madeira \Ma*dei"ra\, n. [Pg., the Island Madeira, properly, wood, fr. L. materia stuff, wood. The island was so called because well wooded. See Matter.] A rich wine made on the Island of Madeira.

A cup of Madeira, and a cold capon's leg.

Madeira nut (Bot.), the European walnut; the nut of the Juglans regia.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

white wine, 1540s, from island of Madeira in the Atlantic, from Portuguese madeira "wood," because the island formerly was thickly wooded, from Latin materia "wood, matter" (see matter).

Madeira, OH -- U.S. city in Ohio
Population (2000): 8923
Housing Units (2000): 3484
Land area (2000): 3.365943 sq. miles (8.717753 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 3.365943 sq. miles (8.717753 sq. km)
FIPS code: 46312
Located within: Ohio (OH), FIPS 39
Location: 39.188310 N, 84.368366 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 45243
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Madeira, OH

Madeira ( or ; or ) is a Portuguese archipelago situated in the north Atlantic Ocean, southwest of Portugal. Its total population was estimated in 2011 at 267,785. The capital of Madeira is Funchal on the main island's south coast.

It is just under north of Tenerife, Canary Islands. Since 1976, the archipelago has been one of the two Autonomous regions of Portugal (the other being the Azores, located to the northwest). It includes the islands of Madeira, Porto Santo, and the Desertas, administered together with the separate archipelago of the Savage Islands. It is an outermost region of the European Union.

Madeira was claimed by Portuguese sailors in the service of Prince Henry the Navigator in 1419 and settled after 1420. The archipelago is considered to be the first territorial discovery of the exploratory period of the Portuguese Age of Discovery, which extended from 1415 to 1542.

Its southerly marine position renders the warmest year-round subtropical climate in Portugal, with winters being extremely mild and summers long but with relatively modest heat.

Today, it is a popular year-round resort, being visited every year by about one million tourists. The region is noted for its Madeira wine, gastronomy, historical and cultural value, its flora and fauna, landscapes ( Laurel forest) which are classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and embroidery artisans. Its annual New Year celebrations feature the largest fireworks show in the world, as officially recognised by Guinness World Records in 2006. The main harbour in Funchal is the leading Portuguese port in cruise liner dockings, being an important stopover for commercial and trans-Atlantic passenger cruises between Europe, the Caribbean and North Africa. Madeira is the second richest region of Portugal by GDP per capita, being only surpassed by Lisbon.

Madeira (shipwreck)
Madeira (disambiguation)

Madeira (the Portuguese word for wood) is the name of a group of islands in the Atlantic Ocean, an autonomous region of Portugal and a popular holiday destination. It is also the name of the largest of the islands.

It may also refer to:

Other places:
  • the Madeira River, one of the tributaries of the Amazon River in South America
  • Madeira, Ohio, a city in the United States
  • Madeira Beach, Florida, another American city
In food:
  • Madeira wine, a fortified wine made on the island of Madeira
  • Madeira cake, an old English cake
  • Phil Madeira, an American songwriter, producer, musician and singer from Nashville, Tennessee
  • Jamila Madeira (born 1975), a Portuguese socialist politician and Member of the European Parliament
  • George Madeira (1836–1922), a mining engineer and mineralogist who founded the first astronomical observatory in California
Other uses:
  • the Madeira School, a private girls' school in Virginia, United States
  • Madeira (shipwreck), a schooner-barge which sank on the north shore of Lake Superior in November 1905
  • Miss Madeira, a 2011 novel by Austin Gary
  • Universidade da Madeira, a public university in Madeira
  • Project Madeira, a business process management solution by Microsoft

Usage examples of "madeira".

When she had exhausted her amorous fury she threw herself into a bath, then came back, drank a bottle of Malmsey Madeira, and finally made her brutal lover drink till he fell on to the floor.

They finished with arroz doce which turned out to be a glorified rice pudding with cinnamon, and they washed these local delicacies down with a Madeira wine carefully chosen by their host.

Madeira, where Gow presented the Governor with a box of Scotch herrings.

China oranges, walnuts and plums, candied Madeiras, citrons and muscadine grapes.

This night he found the island of Flores to the north, and to the east he made the direction to be towards Nafe in Africa, passing to leeward of the island of Madeira to the north .

Azores, but Antonio de Noli stayed at Madeira, and, catching the right breeze, he got to Portugal before me, and begged of the King the captaincy of the island of Santiago, which I had found, and the King gave it him, and he kept it till his death.

Sherry, madeira, and port were offered in beautiful but phonily new silver stirrup cups.

As for the stalls, Annie was amused to spot Frank Saulter with a Madeira cake in one hand and a clutch of potholders in the other.

It may be startling to hear of sledging in Madeira, but I must explain that the sledges had wooden runners, and that the road was paved with a black stone that was very smooth.

Vincent, during the last voyage of the vessel across the Atlantic, taken in connection with previous soundings obtained in the same region of the North Atlantic, suggests the probable existence of a submarine ridge or plateau connecting the island of Madeira with the coast of Portugal, and the probable subaerial connection in prehistoric times of that island with the south-western extremity of Europe.

Tinha levado Josias comigo e ele me ajudou a marcar cada ponto com tocos de madeira.

The different orders of insects in Madeira apparently present analogous facts.

I be wrong, Lady Bellamy, if I supposed that you have not come to Madeira solely for pleasure?

Add half a cupful of Madeira and half a cupful or more of melted butter.

Mars or the old patroon who stays at home and dips his nose into nothing worse than old Madeira!