There are 2 definitions of Madeira in English:

Madeira1

Line breaks: Ma|deira
Pronunciation: /məˈdɪərə
 
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  • 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.
  • 2A river in NW Brazil, which rises on the Bolivian border and flows about 1,450 km (900 miles) to meet the Amazon east of Manaus. It is navigable to large ocean-going vessels as far as Pôrto Velho.

Derivatives

Madeiran

adjective & noun
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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.

Origin

Portuguese, literally 'timber' (from Latin materia 'substance'), because of the island's dense woods.

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There are 2 definitions of Madeira in English:

Madeira2

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Pronunciation: /məˈdɪərə
 
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(also Madeira wine)

noun

[mass noun]
  • 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.

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