1An island in the Atlantic Ocean off NW Africa, the largest of the Madeiras, a group of islands which constitutes an autonomous region of Portugal; population 247,161 (2007); capital, Funchal. Encountered by the Portuguese in 1419, the islands were occupied by the Spanish 1580–1640 and the British 1807–14.
Portuguese, literally 'timber' (from Latin materia 'substance'), because of the island's dense woods.
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- Clinging tenaciously to this rugged pearl is a population of 320,000 gentle, charismatic Madeirans.
- Later in my Madeiran visit I found out what the islanders are doing to try and re-establish Madeira's much-reduced native flora of laurisilva.
- After a week in the Madeiran winter sunshine I feel like a different person: fit and healthy and without a gloomy line of poetry anywhere in my mind.
(also Madeira wine)
A fortified wine from the island of Madeira.
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- Eggs are also called for in stuffings and sauces, and a fortified, sweetish wine such as Marsala or sherry or Madeira is often chosen for veal cookery.
- Some wines, however, such as oloroso sherry, tawny port, and Madeira, owe their character to deliberate exposure to oxygen.
- The verdelho grape produces some ordinary table wines in Madeira, but not so here.